The new submarines

Based on the high-level requirements for the replacement of the Walrus submarines shared by the Dutch government in 2018, tkMS has proposed a high-tech, state-of-the-art, proven submarine model for this project: HDW Class 212 CD.

There is an advantage to choosing an underwater craft from this particular family of submarines. Germany and Norway also own models of the same family. This offers the opportunity to share the costs of development, design, engineering and maintenance with Germany and Norway. However, all submarines have been tailored to the specific needs of our customers, and the Dutch submarines will be no exception.

Features of the HDW Class 212 CD

A key design philosophy of the HDW Classes 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 212 A was the predecessor of HDW Class 212 CD, and has also proven itself operationally. Thanks to its unique shape, non-magnetic steel design and highly advanced combat systems, the HDW Class 212 CD is a pinnacle in stealth technology. This type of submarine is an ideal replacement for the current Walrus submarines of the Royal Netherlands Navy to ensure safety at sea and firmly support national security.

The new generation of HDW Class 212 CD submarines meets all the technical and operational requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy:

  • Strategic impact
  • Enormous and precise maritime impact force
  • Global intelligence gathering, analysis and sharing
  • Special operations

In addition, we offer various unique options for the submarine service for the Netherlands. The adapted naval vessels offer even more capabilities at sea. For example:

  • Possibilities for a wider range and extensive accommodation
  • Application of a unique combat management system and payload

The philosophy of Evolutionary Design

Our goal is to minimise the risks associated with the development process of new submarines. That's why we work according to the philosophy of Evolutionary Design.
This means that the best aspects of each class's design evolve from one class to the next. As a result, the new class of submarines have solid and well-proven technology, materials and standards at their disposal. This method of design advancement reduces the risk within the design, allowing suitable and advanced innovations to be introduced into a new class, as well as reliable schedule and cost planning.



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