Based on the high-level requirements for the replacement of the Walrus submarines shared by the Dutch government in 2018, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has proposed a high-tech, state-of-the-art, proven submarine for this project: HDW Class 212CD.
There is a big advantage to choose a submarine from this particular family: It is planned that Germany and Norway will use the same submarines. The Netherlands 'submarines will be based on this type with adaptations to fulfil the Netherlands' requirements. This offers the opportunity to share the costs of development, design, engineering and maintenance with Germany and Norway. However, in all of projects, the submarines have been tailored to the specific needs of our customers, and the Dutch submarines will be no exception.
A key design philosophy of all HDW Class submarines is design iteration, whereby the best design features of each class evolve into the next iteration, ensuring the new classes of submarines have solid, well-proven technology, materials and standards. For example, the signature optimized HDW Class 212A is the predecessor of HDW Class 212CD, which has already proven itself operationally over the past 10 years. Thanks to its unique shape, non-magnetic steel design and highly advanced combat system, the HDW Class 212CD is a pinnacle of stealth technology. This type of submarine is an ideal replacement for the current Walrus submarines of the Royal Netherlands Navy to ensure high capability, safety at sea and firm support of national security.
The new generation HDW Class 212CD submarine meets the technical and operational requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy and ensures worldwide strategic impact:
Our goal is to minimize the risks associated with the development process of new submarines. That is why we work according to the philosophy of 'Evolutionary Design'.
This means that the best aspects of each class's design are incorporated into the next class. As a result, the new class of submarines is based on solid and well-proven technology, materials and standards. This method of design advancement reduces both the technical and commercial risk within the design, allowing suitable and advanced innovations, without jeopardizing reliable schedule and cost planning.
thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
24143 Kiel, Germany
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24124 Kiel, Germany
Phone: +49 431 700 0
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