European collaboration

European collaboration

Collaboration across several European navies enables sharing of the costs for design, development, production, maintenance and upgrading - during the entire submarine lifecycle. This saves money and time, through sharing of knowledge, experience and non-recurring and sustainment costs across multiple navies, while improving the quality of the submarines.
Our position in the market has enabled us to form international alliances. For example, in 2017 Norway and Germany entered a joint venture to build at least eight new HDW Class 212CD submarines, a new generation of the HDW Class 212A, aimed at worldwide deployment. Further development of this project will drive broader European collaboration, when other nations such as the Netherlands and Poland will join the alliance.

Not starting from scratch

Thanks to the existing collaboration between Norway and Germany, it is not necessary to start developing submarines for the Netherlands from scratch. Based on the experience of the successful HDW Class 212A submarine, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has developed the HDW Class 212CD for Norway and Germany. Since the Dutch vessels will be based on the German and Norwegian submarines - including technical specifications tailored to meet the specific needs of the Dutch government - there will be significant scale benefits for the Netherlands. With the creation of a "European Family of Submarines" based on HDW Class 212A and 212CD submarines, multiple countries - including the Netherlands - will benefit from the resulting economies of scale. In this case, Dutch industrial participation could involve more than 12 submarines in the coming decade, leading to significant volumes. In addition, the non-recurring cost for the design process, that sometimes approaches the budget volume of a single submarine, could be shared between the three or even more project partners.

International relations

There is a strong existing relationship between Germany and the Netherlands, also at military level. In the field of naval cooperation, there is the bilateral Sea-Battalion, the use of the joint support ship Karel Doorman for the transport of personnel and materiel. In the field of Army cooperation, there is the Dutch 43rd Mechanized Brigade as an integral part of the German 1st Panzer Division and the mixed German Netherlands Tank Battalion and the joint work in the field of Cyber Security. Submarine collaboration would further strengthen this relationship.

In the industrial field of cooperation, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems already has strong, existing relationships with several Dutch industry partners who work with us across the globe. These Dutch partners will have the opportunity to become part of all thyssenkrupp Marine Systems´ submarine programs, which helps sustain the Dutch maritime industry for years to come. Among other, we have long-standing working relationships with partners such as Van Halteren, Heinen & Hopman and Nedinsco, as well as the DUKC and knowledge institutes TNO and MARIN.


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