Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TMS) was commissioned to build six Type 212CD submarines by Norway and Germany which signed a €5.5 billion contract with the company today.
After the signing ceremony held via video-conference with the defense procurement organizations of the two countries, CEO Dr. Rolf Wirtz said: “The 212CD order is a major milestone. The Norwegian and German navies are getting the most modern submarines in the world.”
The order comprises the delivery of two submarines to the German Navy and four to the Norwegian Navy.
Only yesterday, on 7 July, TMS and its Norwegian industrial partner Kongsberg signed a cooperation agreement to develop battle management systems for the Type 212CD submarines.
In addition to the six new HDW Type 212CD submarines, Norway and Germany have already entered into cooperation in 2017 to develop new generation Type 212A subs. The design of the Type 212A submarine, in service with the German and Italian navies, will be further developed with the integration of advanced technologies to expand the U212 family in Europe.
Construction of the first 212CD boat will begin in 2023. Delivery of the first submarine for the Norwegian Navy is expected for 2029, while delivery of the two boats for the German Navy is scheduled for 2032 and 2034.
In preparation for the order, TMS has initiated investments of around €250 million in 2019. The aim is to further develop TMS’s Kiel (Germany) location into an international centre of competence for the construction of conventional submarines.
Construction of a new shipbuilding hall has already begun, and progress is clearly visible at the shipyard site.