edited by Curtis Hand from release
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) has officially been commissioned to build six identical Type 212CD submarines. The procurement organizations of Norway and Germany signed the corresponding contracts today. Due to the pandemic situation, the ceremony took place on a small scale and virtually; the customers were connected via video conference in Kiel.
After the event, CEO Dr. Rolf Wirtz (photo, left) explained: “The 212CD order is a major milestone. The Norwegian and German navies are getting the most modern submarines in the world, international and industrial teamwork will permanently shape cooperation in the maritime sector, and we have created capacity utilisation for our company. Today is a good day for our employees and for thyssenkrupp!”
Worth approx. 5,5 billion Euro, the order comprises the delivery of two submarines to the German Navy and four to the Norwegian Navy.
On 7 July, tkMS and its Norwegian industrial partner Kongsberg signed a cooperation agreement. Industrial cooperation between Germany and Norway is a cornerstone of the 212CD project – tkMS relies on the Norwegian company Kongsberg for this project and for other projects on the world market.
After signing the contract with Kongsberg on 7 July 2021, tkMS CFO Paul Glaser (photo left) commented: “With Kongsberg, we have a strong partner with whom we will continue to realise many projects together in the future. The contract with Kongsberg is by far the largest part of the 212CD project – a sign of how close the connection between Norway and Germany really is.”
Norway and Germany had already entered into a cooperation in 2017 that goes beyond the construction of six new HDW Type 212CD submarines, as a new generation of the Type 212A. The design of the Type 212A submarine, which has proven itself 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. This project is another important step towards deepening and expanding European cooperation in the field of defence.
Construction of the first 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, thyssenkrupp has already initiated investments of around €250 million in 2019. The aim is to further develop the tkMS Kiel 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.
With the order now placed in the Norwegian-German strategic cooperation project U212CD, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will consolidate its partnership with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA), which has already existed since 2017, and expand its value-adding industrial partnerships in Norway and Germany.
212CD | Submarine design – Main data:
Displacement (surface): ~ 2,500 m³
Length overall: ~ 73 m
Beam: ~ 10 m
Height: ~ 13 m