Kongsberg press release
“The deliveries will last way into the 2030s and is an important and strategic milestone that strengthens our foothold in Europe with Germany as an important and near partner. Our cooperation with Germany for submarine technology extends over several decades. With this new and expanded industrial cooperation the partnership is taken to a new level that will have great importance for Norwegian technology development and value creation”.Geir Håøy, CEO of KONGSBERG.
The contract for NSM is a joint procurement by Norway and Germany valued at 4,404 MNOK. Germany is the 6th nation to select NSM. For Norway the contract will serve to replenish and update the current inventory.
The contract for the ORCCA™ Combat System is a subcontract from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH, the prime contractor for the 212CD submarines, to kta naval systems AS. KONGSBERG’s share of the combat system contract is valued 3,800 MNOK.
kta naval systems AS was founded in October 2017 as a joint venture between thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, its Naval Electronic Systems business unit (ATLAS ELEKTRONIK) and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace. Based on the combined expertise and products of the joint venture partners, kta naval systems with its product family of ORCCA™ Combat Systems will exclusively develop, produce and maintain all future submarine combat systems for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems submarines.
“This bilateral agreement between Germany and Norway enables expanded industrial cooperation between our two countries. Common NSM and submarine procurement creates many new jobs and value creation in the whole supply chain in Norway for the next decade. Both NSM and the new submarine class represent the most modern and advanced high-end technology equipment that exists in the world today. KONGSBERG is proud to be in the front seat in this journey.”Eirik Lie, president, Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS.
About Type 212CD
After a comprehensive evaluation process, the Norwegian Government decided on Germany as strategic partner for new submarines in February 2017. The partnership is based on a German-Norwegian common purchase and lifetime management of identical, new submarines. The submarines will be based on the Type 212A and specifically tailored to the requirements of the two nations. The Type 212CD (Common Design) will combine the low signatures of the 212A with extended range, speed and endurance to allow worldwide operations. As part of the cooperation with Norway, Germany is set to procure two more submarines of the type (in a group purchase with Norway who will get four). The German Navy already operates six 212A submarines.
According to the agreement reached in March 2021, the first submarine will be delivered in 2029. The total cost framework for submarine projects is NOK 45 billion. In addition to the submarine contract, this framework includes arms procurement, implementation costs and contingency provisions like the future naval strike missile.
TKMS has officially been commissioned to build six identical Type 212CD submarines on July 8.
The construction of the first boat will begin in 2023. Delivery of the first submarine for the Norwegian Navy is expected for 2029, while delivery of the two boats for the German Navy is scheduled for 2032 and 2034.
About Naval Strike Missile Block 1A
The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) Block 1A weapon system is a long-range sea-going missile system but that can also be used against land targets in a secondary role that will feature in 124, 125 and 126 class frigates in the future. It replaces the Harpoon guided missile system, which has reached the end of its service life.
Based on the German-Norwegian naval armament cooperation, procurement will be carried out by Norway as the lead nation. In a further step, a joint German-Norwegian development of a new Future Naval Strike Missile sea-going missile system is planned. This development project will be carried out as a stand-alone project and offers the opportunity to achieve urgently needed capabilities with the participation of German industry.