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On December 13th, 2019, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems was chosen as one of the three prospective parties to be selected as the Dutch government's official supplier set to replace the current Walrus class submarines.

Should thyssenkrupp Marine Systems receive the assignment, we will partner with DMI (Directie Materiële Instandhouding, the RNLN arsenal in Den Helder) ensuring valuable technological expertise falls into government-owned hands. By creating a "Submarine Valley", thyssenkrupp Marine Systems aims to help keeping the long Dutch submarine engineering tradition and to create up to 500 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs for a period of at least 30 years in the province of North-Holland

 

What differentiates you from the two other companies that are competing to be selected as the Dutch government's official supplier set to replace the current Walrus class submarines?


Every company in the competition has a unique offering. While we cannot talk for our competitors, what we can say is that over the past 60 years, we have been contracted to deliver more than 160 submarines for 20 navies worldwide. We therefore believe thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is a safe, reliable choice for the Netherlands. We guarantee technological excellence, reliability, and timely delivery at competitive prices based on more than 180 years of experience. We are actively involved in shaping European and transatlantic defence relations as 70% of NATO's non-nuclear submarine fleet was constructed by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. In the end, it is up to the Dutch Government to decide which offering they think is the best for the Netherlands.

What makes thyssenkrupp Marine Systems attractive for the Netherlands?

 

• Experience: Over the past 60 years, we have been contracted to deliver more than 160 submarines for 20 navies worldwide and are the world leader in non-nuclear submarines: 70% of NATO’s non-nuclear submarine fleet was constructed by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems We therefore believe thysssenkrupp Marine Systems is a safe, reliable choice for the Netherlands.

• Expertise: We guarantee technological excellence, reliability, and timely delivery at competitive prices based on 180 years of experience.

• International: We are actively involved in shaping European and transatlantic defense relations as 70% of NATO's non-nuclear submarine fleet was constructed by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

• Market leader: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is the world market leader in delivering modern, state-of-the-art, non-nuclear submarines equipped with Air Independent Propulsion (AIP). Even though we would tailor the submarines to fit the specific needs that are specified by the Dutch government, we would not have to start from scratch when it comes to designing and engineering, as our starting point is the already existing HDW Class 212CD (Common Design). With its 2500 t, it is comparable in size to the Dutch Walrus submarine. We are the world market leader, with our HDW Class 209, 212A, 214 and Dolphin submarines, and the only provider of non-nuclear submarines to those NATO partners who do not have such capabilities in their own country. In this way, we significantly contribute to maintaining peace, freedom and security.

• Innovative: Our in-house expertise and Research & Development produce outstanding innovations and products. Continuous feedback from our customers worldwide enables us to produce state-of-the-art products, like our fuel cell-based air independent propulsion system which results in extended diving times and low signatures of the submarines.

• Local craftsmanship: The location at which thyssenkrupp Marine Systems submarines are built is flexible. In many cases, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems builds or partially builds its vessels in customers' country. In case of the Netherlands, we will enable DMI to do the final outfitting, setting to work as well as test and trials for the future submarines. The advantage is that the technical knowledge will be transferred to employees of the Netherlands Defense- and Security Technological and Industrial Base (NL DTIB). Additionally, up to 500 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs will be created in the province of North-Holland.

 

What does thyssenkrupp Marine Systems' "European family" approach entail?

 

Thanks to our prominent footprint in this field, we form international alliances between countries to share the costs of the design, development, manufacturing and maintenance of new technologies, saving costs and time while adding to the quality of the end-product: security. We invite the Dutch submarine force to be part of our European Submarine Family.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems supplies submarines for coastal and blue water operations to more than 20 navies worldwide, including Germany and Norway.

The Netherlands can participate in the HDW Class 212CD program together with Norway and Germany. This approach will lead to sustainable partnerships and increase the opportunities for economies of scale, joint crew training, logistics, acquisition and sharing of expertise.

 

Why should the Netherlands join the European family?

The Netherlands will benefit from European cooperation, for example: through cost reductions of non-recurring costs, integrated logistics support, upgrade and modernization, training and crew exchange.

More specifically, participation of the Netherlands in the HDW Class 212CD program with Norway and Germany could lead to significant economies of scale, even with tailoring of technical specifications to meet specific needs of the Dutch governments, as there will be no need to start from scratch.

 

What's in it for the Dutch industry if thyssenkrupp Marine Systems wins the tender?

 

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is developing a concrete proposal to combine the sustainment of the current HDW Class submarines and the completion and sustainment of the new Dutch submarines at DMI in Den Helder. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will develop the Naval Arsenal in Den Helder into a "Center for Submarine Sustainment and Innovation" (CSSI) or "Submarine Valley" in short. Den Helder has great potential to develop into a European hub for subsea-related technologies led by employees of RNLN through expansion of capacity, bundling of experience and transfer of technology.

Through the development of Den Helder as a Submarine Valley, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems wants to contribute to knowledge-building in this domain. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will play an active role in educating and training all involved personnel and ensure that the expertise of submarine outfitting, maintenance and sustainment is transferred to members of RNLN, as well as to Dutch companies and knowledge institutions involved in the project. With this, we help keeping the long Dutch submarine engineering tradition and establish around 500 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs in North Holland for a period of at least 30 years. In addition, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will hire 30 trainees and interns and, as their education level is high, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems can create a lasting job perspective for young talents in the region.

This investment will be a strong impulse for the development of the region.

 

What are the political, military, and economic strategic benefits if the Netherlands choose cooperation with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems?

 

Firstly, we are neighbors. There is a strong existing relationship between our countries, 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 transport of personnel and material, 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. We are also jointly developing naval capabilities, such as SeaSpider (anti-torpedo torpedo).

Secondly, we are inviting the Dutch submarine force to be a part of our European Submarine Family, which will lead to significant economies of scale with respect to procurement, logistics, training and crew exchange. This means that more units can be produced with fewer costs per submarine. Last, but certainly not least, we will greatly invest in the region of North-Holland for the benefit of the RNLN. This will create about 500 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs in the Den Helder region.

 

How will Dutch industry benefit from the submarine replacement program? 

We have signed a number of MOUs with Dutch companies that will function as suppliers in the program, if we are selected by the Ministry of Defence to deliver the new submarines. For the outfitting of the vessels, we will partner with DMI, ensuring the submarine expertise falls into government-owned hands. In the industrial field of cooperation, we already have good working relationships with Dutch Underwater Knowledge Center members and knowledge institutes like TNO, MARIN and NLR and plan to further intensify these relationships. With this structure and these partnerships, we are keeping the long Dutch submarine engineering tradition alive and create up to 500 direct jobs and 1,500 indirect jobs for a period of at least 30 years, especially in Den Helder region, within the extremely stable structure of RNLN and less reliant on private companies, which could be acquired by international players.

 

How is thyssenkrupp Marine Systems proposing to share its expertise with the Dutch?

 

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems owns most of the underwater-related Intellectual Property Rights. This knowledge will be available for the Netherlands through the creation of the aforementioned "Submarine Valley" in the region of North-Holland. We will play an active role in educating and training personnel – both in RNLN as well as in commercial companies involved in the program.

 

What does the current phase look like?

 

According governmental official statement, after the B-phase (research phase), the DMOs' procurement procedure would have foreseen the C-phase. The actual program focuses a MOTS design as the baseline for adaption. Consequently, there is no need to develop a completely new submarine and the C Phase can be skipped. Therefore, the Submarine Capability Replacement Project will directly enter into the procurement phase (D-phase). The three contenders, including thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, will enter into discussions with the NL MoD regarding the materialization of the project, together with their guarantees for the replacement of the current Walrus submarines. The Dutch government expects to select their preferred supplier in 2021.

Some maritime stakeholders have pointed out that the deferred decision in addition to continuing the procurement process with three candidates increases the chances of a second Walrus-affair (read article here). How do you respond to that?

 

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems' track record demonstrates that we can be a reliable partner. Over the past 60 years, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has been contracted to deliver more than 160 submarines for 20 navies worldwide. 70 % of the conventional NATO submarines come from our shipyards. This valuable experience enables us to deliver proven technology within budget, 100% to specification, and within the contracted time schedule. The continuous design and building of submarines enable us to constantly be at the forefront of technology. We continuously and heavily invest in developing new, proven technology.

 

What does thyssenkrupp Marine Systems think of the MKS 180 procurement situation?

 

The German MKS 180 frigate procurement program was held under European Defence Tender Rules and is not connected to the Dutch submarine procurement. For questions regarding the MKS 180 procurement trajectory, please reach out to Stefan Ettwig, Head of Communications (T: +49 172 2490090, stefan.ettwig@thyssenkrupp.com)

 
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