thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has been commissioned to construct six new Type 212 Common Design (CD) submarines for the Norwegian and German Navies.

Valued around €5.5bn, the contracts involve the delivery of two 212CD submarines to Germany and the remaining four to Norway.

TKMS CEO Rolf Wirtz said: “The 212CD order is a major milestone.

“The Norwegian and German navies are getting the most modern submarines in the world, international and industrial teamwork will permanently shape cooperation in the maritime sector, and we have created capacity utilisation for our company.”

TKMS will start work on building the first vessel in 2023. Norway is expected to take delivery of the first of its four submarines in 2029.

Germany will receive its two vessels in 2032 and 2034.

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The 73m-long 212CD submarine will have a beam of 10m and a 2,500m³ surface displacement.

TKMS has already started preparatory works for the order with the construction of a new shipbuilding hall its shipyard site.

Germany and Norway’s industrial cooperation is the foundation for the 212CD project.

The new submarines are based on Type 212A submarine design, which will be developed further by incorporating advanced technologies. Type 212A vessels are already in service in Germany and Italy.

Separately, TKMS has signed contracts with its Norwegian industrial partner Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace for the supply of ORCCA combat system for the six vessels and the Naval Strike Missile (NSM).

In October 2017, Kongsberg and TKMS established a new joint venture (JV) firm known as kta Naval Systems.

Based on the joint expertise and products of the JV partners, kta naval systems, along with its product family of ORCCA Combat Systems, will exclusively develop, manufacture and maintain all combat systems for TKMS.

Kongsberg CEO Geir Håøy said: “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.

“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.”