German-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has received a service order worth €40m from Peruvian naval shipyard SIMA to support extensive modernisation work on the Peruvian Navy's four HDW 209/1200 (Type 209/1200) class submarines.

Under the service order, TKMS will provide consulting service during the planning and realisation of the modernisation work.

TKMS will also provide engineering and technical services such as cutting and welding on the submarines for a period of seven years. Additionally, the company will engage a team of specialists to offer local support.

"We are pleased to be continuing our cooperation with the Peruvian navy."

TKMS CEO Andreas Burmester said: "We are pleased to be continuing our cooperation with the Peruvian navy.

"We have consistently expanded our service business over the years to be a reliable partner to our customers over the entire life cycle of naval vessels and submarines. This order shows we are on the right track."

The Peruvian Navy's four HDW 209/1200 class submarines are Angamos, Antofagasta, Pisagua and Chipana.

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The boats entered into service with the Peruvian Navy in the early 1980s. They were at the TKMS shipyard in Kiel, which was formerly known as Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW).

The Type 209 submarines are available in five variants and are operated by 12 countries. The HDW 209/1200 class submarines are currently in service with Greece, Turkey, Argentina, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Indonesia, and South Korea.

The submarines can be deployed to conduct multiple missions ranging from maritime defence to surveillance and intelligence gathering tasks.

Image: Peruvian Navy's HDW 209/1200 class submarine. Photo: courtesy of Peruvian Navy.