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ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems - Naval Ship and Systems Engineering Solutions

Based on a combined heritage of more than 600 years of experience, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is one of the most prominent globally acting system providers in naval shipbuilding. Their business units include:

  • Submarines (Kiel, Germany)
  • Surface Vessels (Hamburg/Emden, Germany)
  • Services (Hamburg/Kiel, Germany)
  • ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AB (Malmö/Karlskrona/Muskö, Sweden)

ThyssenKrup, engineering and shipbuilding specialists develop and produce both non-nuclear submarines and naval surface vessels for all current and future missions and tasks with one common goal: to always stay one step ahead of state-of-the-art technology and provide the best value for money.

Since 1960 ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' shipyards have supplied more than 160 submarines and 150 naval surface vessels to 25 navies worldwide.

A proven material package concept with shipyard consulting, technical assistance and support is the cornerstone to supplying naval surface vessels.

Air-Independent HDW fuel cell submarines

The HDW Class 212A, 214 and Dolphin AIP submarines are technologically advanced, using the most globally renowned air-independent propulsion (AIP) system for non-nuclear submarines.

Their HDW fuel cell propulsion plants allow for extremely long dives independent of external air sources, with a distinctly lower noise level compared to other diesel-electric boats and thus reduce the risk of discovery. All three boat classes have set new standards in the areas of signatures, range, automation, weapons control, external communication and crew comfort and convenience.
Seven navies have decided in favour of HDW fuel cell submarines - a proven record of changing innovative ideas into permanent technology.

Recent submarine designs

The HDW Class 210mod represents ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' latest well-balanced, compact design based on the ULA-Class submarine for cost-conscious navies wishing to operate littoral and deep water missions. Cost-efficient life performance is achieved with standard components and small crew numbers.

The HDW Class 216 is a fast, long mission, long endurance, two-deck submarine design featuring two pressure-tight departments, high crew comfort levels and an extremely flexible payload for weapons and mission-orientated exchangeable equipment enhanced by the innovative Vertical Multi-Purpose Lock (VMPL).

The Kockums A26 submarine is a customised design for mainly littoral operations with ocean-going capabilities. Conventional diesel-electric propulsion machinery and the Kockums Stirling AIP system makes this stealthy submarine difficult to detect.

Frigates and corvettes

With the proven Blohm+Voss MEKO® and Kockums VISBY technologies, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has set the world's standard in naval surface vessel technology. Modular ship design and construction, drastic signature reduction and enhanced survivability are at the heart of these innovative approaches, which are regarded as the most revolutionary concepts in naval shipbuilding.

The Blohm+Voss Class 123, 124 and 125 frigates and the Blohm+Voss Class 130 corvette form the basis of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' long-term partnership with the German Navy. Their outstanding performance is a hallmark in naval shipbuilding.

Combining state-of-the-art technology, innovation and robust fighting capabilities, the renowned Blohm+Voss MEKO® A-200 frigates and Blohm+Voss MEKO® A100 corvettes have outstanding range, endurance and sea-keeping qualities, and are cost-efficient to operate. As a result, navies have a flexible and versatile fighting platform for 3D warfare, and a general purpose 'workhorse' for diversified mission profiles.

The Kockums VISBY Class corvettes is a true "stealth ship". This is achieved by combining a hull and superstructure of carbon fibre composite with advanced stealth design, making the ship virtually invisible in all signature domains.

Offshore patrol vessels

Due to asymmetrical threats, offshore patrol vessels continue to play an important role in modern naval fleets.

Derived from our proven naval standard designs, the Blohm+Voss MEKO® OPV family is an optimum mix of commercial and military design standards, providing a very flexible and economical solution for navies and coastguards across the full spectrum of OPV missions, from high-end naval missions to low-end humanitarian operations. The Blohm+Voss MEKO® OPV is thus available in a number of configurations to best satisfy customer mission requirements.

The Kockums FLEXpatrol complements the product portfolio. It is a multi-mission patrol vessel, built in a lightweight composite carbon-fibre sandwich structure and hallmarked with Genuine Holistic Stealth (GHOST®) properties.

Dedicated MCMVs and unmanned vehicles

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' all-embracing approach to mine countermeasures - MCM - technology has made us a leader in the field. The Kockums Landsort / Koster and Styrsö classes are dedicated and well-proven countermeasures vessels (MCMVs), and both of them are made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) sandwich material. This composite hull material has many benefits, including its entirely non-magnetic properties. For extremely hazardous tasks, a remote-controlled minesweeper, the Kockums SAM unmanned surface vehicle minimises risks.

Naval auxiliary and amphibious support vessels

Naval auxiliary and amphibious support vessels are a navy's pillar in today's maritime scenarios. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems offers comprehensive solutions when it comes to providing combatants' support ships, such as the BERLIN Class fleet support ship as well as the amphibious support ships; for example the landing platform docks (LPDs) and landing platform helicopter docks (LHD).

Contact Details

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems GmbH
Werftstraße 112-114
24143 Kiel
Tel: +49 431 700 0
Fax: +49 431 700 2312

MEKO 200 frigate The MEKO 200 frigate is the most successful MEKO-design and has been built 23 times by TKMS, as well as abroad.
stabilisation frigates Four New Class 125 stabilisation frigates are under construction and will be delivered to the German Navy over the next few years.
Class 130 corvettes The Class 130 corvettes are the only vessels of their class within NATO and incorporate major MEKO® design principles.
multi-role vessels The multi-role vessels made by TKMS are the answer to affordable, flexible solutions for military, expeditionary, peacekeeping and humanitarian missions.
naval auxiliaries Naval auxiliaries have been a part of the TKMS portfolio for over five decades.
submarine Class 209/1400mod submarine.
Class 214 submarine Class 214 submarine.
Class 212A submarine Class 212A submarine.
Gotland Class submarine Gotland Class submarine.
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