Joining forces

Strengthening European cooperation

In 2017, Norway and Germany entered a partnership to construct six new submarines of the HDW Class 212CD, a new iteration of the HDW Class 212A and aimed at global deployment. The development of this program is an important impetus for the strengthening of the European defence cooperation.

European defence cooperation in the area of the procurement and operation of non-nuclear submarines will lead to a sustainable partnership and also increase the opportunities for joint training, logistics and acquisition.

This fits seamlessly with the wish of the Dutch government that recently stated more European cooperation in the defense area is both necessary and feasible.

If the Netherlands joins this program, it provides the country with substantial and sustainable economies of scale, both in construction and in maintenance. As a result, substantial savings are realized and risks are reduced.

In this specific case, joining forces means sustaining not only the new HDW Class 212 CD Dutch submarines in Den Helder, but also the opportunity for sustaining other thyssenkrupp Marine Systems built HDW Class submarines there.

This could lead to the Center for Submarine Sustainment and Innovation (CSSI), the submarine hub that brings together the Dutch triple helix, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as well as both Navies operational and technical expertise.

By localizing the critical technical and industrial expertise for submarine sustainment in Den Helder, where the Netherlands have established its Walrus submarine sustainment expertise, the CSSI supports and enhances regional development with a stable 30-year employment outlook. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is willing to share submarine key technologies with its Dutch partners.


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