Among other topics, « the focus is on cooperation with Norway in the class 212 submarines, where two submarines are also to be procured for the German Navy, » the German Defense Ministry said following a meeting with the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) project managers.
The German Navy already operates six Type 212 submarines, while Norway intends to acquire four units to replace the Ula-class submarines that were commissioned between 1989-1992. A contract is expected in the first half of 2020. The two navies selected the new Type 212 CD (Common Design) variant, which will have extended range, speed and endurance. Germany is procuring two submarines in a similar configuration to the four on order by Norway.
The announcement comes as the Type 212 builder, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems announced that it will be investing 250 million euro in Kiel by 2023. « The objective is to develop the shipyard into an international competence centre for conventional submarine construction. Thanks to the currently good development with new orders, around 500 new employees will be hired throughout the company by the end of 2020, the majority of them in Kiel. The company is looking primarily for engineers and skilled workers, particularly in R&D, construction and manufacturing, » TKMS said.
During the first few months of this year, TKMS christened the largest conventional submarine ever built in Germany for Singapore and the third of four submarines for Egypt. « With the 212CD project for building a total of six identical submarines for Norway and Germany, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, together with its customers and partners, intends to create the European NATO standard of the future in the field of conventional submarines, » the shipyard added.