After the conclusion of difficult negotiations, the signing of the contract on the 212CD project could take place in the coming months.
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has finalized an agreement with procurement authorities in Germany and Norway to purchase six Type 212 CD (common design) submarines, the company said.
In a March 24 statement, the company said “after difficult negotiations” all parties agreed to the technical content and contractual terms shortly before midnight on March 22.
The design of the Type 212A submarine, which is already 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.
Construction of the first submarine could begin in 2023 if the contract is signed in mid-2021. Delivery of the first submarine for the Norwegian Navy is expected from 2029, while delivery of the two ships for the German Navy is scheduled for 2031 and 2034.
Thyssenkrupp said it had already started investing some € 250 million in 2019 for Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems at the Kiel site for the expected order.
The statement said that with the progress now made in the strategic cooperation project between Norway and Germany on the U212CD, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems would be able to consolidate its partnership with Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace (KDA), which is in progress. place since 2017.
“This order represents the most important project for Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems for the next decade and will secure jobs, not just in Kiel, for years to come,” said Rolf Wirtz, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.
“The contract, which has not yet been signed, contains difficult conditions for us. However, for now, we are happy to take this big step towards signing the contract and thank our customers for the trust they place in us. ‘
Eirik Lie, President of Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, said: “This is another important step in the collaboration between the two countries from an industrial perspective. Together, we will manufacture next-generation world-class submarines and combat systems, and the agreement will lead to new innovations and value creation, not only for KDA, but also for our contractors and d ‘other medium-sized Norwegian companies in the future.
The press release indicates that the outcome of the negotiations has yet to be examined in the coming weeks by the partners in Norway and Germany so that the parliamentary ratification procedure in Germany can be carried out on time.
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