Why choose us

Proven and reliable security for the Netherlands

The design and construction of modern non-nuclear AIP submarines is a complex, time-consuming, and cost-intensive business. Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) is one of the most experienced submarine designers and builders in the world.

Over the past 70 years, we have built more than 170 submarines. We are the world leader in non-nuclear submarines: 70% of NATO's non-nuclear submarine fleet comes from tkMS' shipyard.

We are the only supplier of this type of submarine to NATO partners who do not have such design capabilities in their own country. This valuable experience enables us to deliver proven technology within budget, 100% on specification, within the agreed time schedule. We therefore believe that tkMS is a safe and reliable choice for the Netherlands.

Highly skilled staff

Over 2,000 engineers and technicians work with the latest knowledge in the field of submarine design, development, production, and maintenance on a daily basis. We invest in upgrading our facilities and our staff, including staff that is located in the Netherlands. Our 6,000 employees continuously strive for excellence in the submarine industry, which results in sound and reliable production, maintenance and innovation of our products.

The newest technologies

We invest in and develop new and future-oriented technologies. The continuous design and construction of submarines allows us to be at the forefront of technology without having to start from scratch when building new submarines for the Netherlands. Some internationally recognised examples:

  • An AIP system based on fuel cells with no external signatures. AIP stands for air-independent propulsion.
  • Stealth technology. Thanks to stealth optimisation, signature reduction is guaranteed.

Because of these technologies, navies have a flexible and versatile submarine that is ready for the most diverse mission profiles. A powerful, operationally flexible and extremely stealthy submarine, for a wide range of scenarios and global operations.

Embedding knowledge

Our focus on technology benefits all of our customers. We believe in the concept of "Transfer of Technology" and that is why we share the latest technological knowledge and expertise with our customers and intend to do so for the Netherlands as well.

Meeting Dutch needs

With our extensive experience in building submarines around the world, tkMS is well equipped to create submarines for the Netherlands with their own unique set of technical specifications, dimensions and options. We are therefore confident to be able to meet the exact requirements from the Dutch government.


Company headquarters

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH
Werftstrasse 112-114
24143 Kiel, Germany
P.O. Box 6309
24124 Kiel, Germany
Phone: +49 431 700 0
Fax: +49 431 700 2312

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