Kongsberg Maritime has been contracted to provide active sonar suite and bottom navigation technology for the Type 212 Common Design (CD) submarines.

The 212CD submarines are being procured by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) and Germany’s Bundesamt fur Ausrustnung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

In July this year, TKMS and Kongsberg were commissioned to construct six new Type 212CD submarines for the Norwegian and German Navies.

The contract follows a rigorous comparative process conducted by a Kongsberg Thyssen Atlas joint venture known as ‘kta naval systems’ and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

In October 2017, Kongsberg and TKMS established the kta Naval Systems JV.

The Kongsberg technology package comprises SA9510S MKII Mine Avoidance and Navigation Sonars (MANS) and a Bottom Navigation System (BNS) containing EM2040 MIL multibeam echo sounders as well as a EA640 echo sounder suite.

The sensors play a major role in providing key input to kta Naval Systems’ ORCCA Navigation system for safe and indigenous submerged operation of the submarines.

Kongsberg Naval Sonars sales director Thomas Hostvedt Dahle said: “This contract is an important confirmation that Kongsberg’s knowledge, experience and past performance in underwater acoustics have made this Norwegian-made underwater technology a world-leading development for both the commercial and defence segments.

“As a former submariner I’m proud to take part in this programme and will look forward to supporting submarine operations for many years to come.”

The German Navy will receive two submarines, while four will be delivered to the Royal Norwegian Navy.

ORCCA is the advanced combat system for non-nuclear submarines. It allows operators to conduct an integrated data analysis from a broad range of systems on board.