Why choose us?

Proven and reliable security for the Netherlands

The design and construction of modern submarines is a complex, time-consuming, and cost-intensive business. As the most experienced designer and builder of non-nuclear submarines in the world, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has made many valuable contributions to the development of the newest technologies.

Over the past 62 years, we have been contracted to deliver 174 submarines worldwide and we are the world leader in non-nuclear submarines. 70% of NATO's non-nuclear submarine fleet was constructed by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

This valuable experience enables us to deliver proven technology within budget, 100% to specification, and within the contracted time schedule. We therefore believe that thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is a safe and reliable choice for the Netherlands.

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 the new submarines for the Netherlands. Some internationally recognized examples:

  • A 4th generation¬†Air-Independent Propulsion (AIP) system based on fuel cells with zero-emission and extremely low signatures
  • Stealth technology
    • Reduction of Target Echo Strength (TES), e.g. diamond shape, tiles
    • Use of non-magnetic materials
    • Acoustic reduction measures
  • Facilities for Special Operation Forces (SOF) personnel and equipment
  • Sophisticated Combat System based on open architecture design

These technologies enable us to provide navies with flexible and versatile submarines, which are ready for the most diverse mission profiles.

Strong partnerships & collaborations

There is already a strong existing relationship between Germany and the Netherlands. Thanks to our unique customer network, we enable European collaboration [link] between navies, which can contribute to interoperability, standardisation, and economies of scale.

Also, we work closely with our industrial partners, including our longstanding Dutch partners, to share knowledge, drive innovation and to further advance our submarines and develop new future-proof designs ready for construction at our yards or selected sites in customer countries.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems builds 50% of its submarines in the countries of its clients, with the support of local partners.

Meeting Dutch needs

Ongoing geopolitical developments require European governments to take decisive steps under ever-increasing time pressure.

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is ready to help realize that as we are able to deliver the new submarines as of 2031, which is well before the timeframe of 2034-2037 that was stated in the letter to Parliament of the State Secretary for Defence of April 1st. Our high-tech, very complete, yet easily adaptable HDW Class 212CD design is ready to be ordered, is capable to operate in all NATO areas and can be easily customized to meet specific current and even future requirements.

With our customer network we enable collaboration between European navies and contribute to interoperability.

The production process of the 212CD design for the German and Norwegian navies has already started and we are ready to take the same approach in the Netherlands. Thus, we look forward to supporting the Dutch government to accelerate the process and work towards the best possible submarine for the Netherlands in close collaboration with our partners within the Dutch naval industry.


Company headquarters

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


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