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Norway submarine contract to Germany. Germany is chosen as supplier of new submarines to the Norwegian military. The contract could also boost Norway’s defence industry. The contract between the Government of Norway and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), which is dependent upon a government-to-government agreement, includes four submarines, spare parts, lifetime maintenance, and training exercises. The German manufacturer will be supplying submarines based on their so-termed 212 design, which is already in use in Germany and Italy.These will be powered by normal convential propulsion and Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) running on fuel cells, like current models do (see below). 

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Norway submarine contract to Germany

Published on Monday, 6th February, 2017 at 14:48 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 14th February 2017 at 20:01.

Germany is chosen as supplier of new submarines to the Norwegian military. The contract could also boost Norway’s defence industry.

Norwegian Ula-class submarines, Bergen
Norwegian Ula-class submarines, Bergen
Photo: Petr Šmerkl/Wikipedia


The contract between the Government of Norway and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), which is dependent upon a government-to-government agreement, includes four submarines, spare parts, lifetime maintenance, and training exercises.

The German manufacturer will be supplying submarines based on their so-termed 212 design, which is already in use in Germany and Italy.These will be powered by normal convential propulsion and Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) running on fuel cells, like current models do (see below). 

Germany has also offered to buy identical submarines together with Norway. Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide highlights that this “will secure a strategic partner”, contribute to Smart Defence “and a more efficient materiel cooperation in NATO.”

The concept of Smart Defence is to encourage Allies to cooperate in developing, acquiring and maintaining military capabilities to meet current security problems in accordance with the new NATO strategic concept.

This means pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities, and coordinating efforts better, according to NATO.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems currently makes several types of HDW-class submarines (Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft is a German shipbuilding company and part of the TKMS group). These are the 209/1400mod, the 212A (ten of which have already been produced), the 214, and the 216

The non-nuclear 212A’s specifications include a high payload regarding sensors, communication equipment, weapon control systems, and weapons.

“Extreme attention has been paid to efficiency and energy management on board. The combination of these factors with the non-magnetic construction and acoustically optimised equipment resulted in submarines that are nearly impossible to detect,” writes the manufacturer on their web pages.

The submarine also has a hybrid propulsion plant which comprises a fuel cell system for air-independent propulsion which allows it to spend long periods of time submerged, a diesel generator set, and high-power battery.

It is this power plant which ensures the boat’s “low indiscretion rate”, according to TKMS. Moreover, the second batch of 212As has undergone modifications to communications and sonar, amongst other things.

TKMS explains that their HDW-class 212A submarine will be developed further for Norway and delivered as HDW-class 212NGs (Norway-Germany Next Generation).

Norway currently operates a fleet of ageing Ula-class submarines, but whose signature (identity) is easily-detectible, a former military man has claimed.

A multinational cooperation between Norway (with Kongsberg Group having built the boats’ combat systems), Germany, and France, they were ordered in the 1970s during the Cold War and delivered between 1989 and 1992.

Upgrades have been performed on the periscope, the hull, as well as the propulsion and integrated ship systems to keep them in service until 2020.

Modernisation work also includes new electronic warfare support measures, communications equipment, and ongoing work on the weapons control and sonar systems. However, they require replacement.

The Norwegian government now plans to sign a common contract for the submarines in 2019, with delivery scheduled from the middle of 2020 to 2030.

Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide comments that this timeline “ensures a continuous Norwegian submarine capability as the Ula-class submarines reach end of life and start decommissioning.”

“Submarines are amongst the Norwegian Armed Forces’ most important capabilities and are of great significance for our ability to protect Norway’s maritime interests,” she says.

Recent events in connection with this have included signing a deal with Britain to increase both countries’ defence cooperation – including maritime surveillance – and regarding a new spy ship.

Moreover, the government’s planned submarine purchase is intended to further develop the Norwegian defence industry and boost it internationally.

“We are working to achieve contracts for Norwegian defence industry. The ambition is to have industrial contracts in a magnitude equal to the investment value of the submarines,” she concludes.

Officials plan to present the investment project regarding new submarines to parliament in the spring of 2017.




Published on Monday, 6th February, 2017 at 14:48 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 14th February 2017 at 20:01.

This post has the following tags: submarines, military, defence, nato, paywall.





  
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