Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has reached an agreement with the purchasing authorities of Germany and Norway on the framework conditions for the sale and purchase of six 212 CD class submarines. After difficult negotiations, all participants agreed on the technical content and terms of the contract shortly before midnight Monday.
The design of the 212A class submarine, which has proven itself in service with the German and Italian navies, continues to evolve with the integration of future-oriented technologies to expand the U212 family in Europe.
Construction of the first submarine may begin with a contract in the summer of 2023. The arrival of the first submarine for the Norwegian Navy is expected in 2029, and the arrival of two submarines for the German Navy is scheduled for 2031 and 2034.
Norway's intention to acquire German-made submarines became known in February 2017. Negotiations directly on the contract lasted about 2.5 years without much media coverage until the parties reached an agreement with the German shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKms).
Norway now has six Ula-class submarines, which were phased into service in 1989-1992. In 2022, their number will be reduced to four. Norway will start receiving new submarines no earlier than 2028–2029, which is three years later than originally expected in Oslo.
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the leading shipbuilding companies in the world with about 6,000 employees and is a provider of technology systems for subsea and surface shipbuilding, as well as marine electronics and safety engineering.