by Curtis Hand from a press release, and with commentary from Merl Wachtberg
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems CEO Dr Rolf Wirtz, commented on the German Parliament Budget Committee’s funding of the €25 million 212CD (“Common Design”) German-Norwegian submarine project: “…the German Bundestag today made it possible for the contract to be signed soon. This is good news indeed for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems in Kiel, for its employees, and for its industrial partners. We look forward to continuing to build the world’s most modern conventional submarines in Germany and, thereby, maintaining this key technology – thus, safeguarding thousands of jobs for the foreseeable future.”
In light of Russia’s dangerous harassment of a NATO member’s ship in the Black Sea yesterday, one is forgiven for seeing the 212CD submarine is as much about regional stability and security as it is a local sector of the German economy. If commercial shipping lane security and stability fails, there is not much hope for a stable economy and secure jobs. Submarines are proving to be a critical element in power projection as much as they are for protecting commercial maritime assets moving goods and materials around the globe…naval historians will find ironic how submarines now protect merchant ships – more than 100 years after they were the bane of commercial shipping.
Proven effective in their role through service with the German and Italian navies (212A), the Type 212 submarine family will continue to develop and expand in Europe with the integration of new advanced technologies.
If the contract is signed this summer, then construction of the first German-Norwegian “CD” submarine could begin in 2023. Delivery of the first submarine for the Norwegian Navy is expected from 2029, while delivery of the two boats for the German Navy is scheduled for 2031 and 2034.
thyssenkrupp started investing circa €250 million in 2019 at its Kiel location in preparation for the anticipated order award; new shipbuilding hall is also underway. This will further develop into an international competence centre for building conventional submarines.