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 60 years, we have been contracted to deliver more than 160 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.

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% to specification, and within the contracted time schedule. We therefore believe that thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is a safe and reliable choice for the Netherlands.

Highly skilled staff

As a naval system house with 6,000 employees, we constantly strive for excellence in the submarine enterprise, which results in sound and reliable production, maintenance and innovation of our products. Our engineers and technicians continuously work in the field of submarine design, development, production and maintenance and we constantly improve ourselves by investing heavily in upgrading our facilities, processes and staff.

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:

  • An 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.

Embedding knowledge

We offer our customers a design tailored to their requirements with the latest technologies as well as providing the information, tools and support required for sustainment. In this way, we help navies to prepare their industries for sovereign sustainment. For example, we believe in the concept of "Transfer of Technology" in which we share the latest technological knowledge and expertise with our customers, as we intend to do for the Netherlands.

Meeting Dutch needs

With extensive experience in building submarines for customers worldwide, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is well equipped to offer submarines for the Netherlands according to their own unique set of technical specifications, dimensions and options. We are therefore confident we will be able to meet the exact requirements of the Royal Netherlands Navy.


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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