Germany and Norway have officially entered a long-term naval defence materiel cooperation on submarines and missiles.
In February, the Norwegian Government confirmed its intention to enter a strategic partnership with Germany for the common purchase and lifetime management of new submarines.
The bilateral cooperation has been formalised through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two nations.
Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said: “This agreement is the start of a long-lasting cooperation on new submarines, naval missiles and other defence systems.
“In addition to cooperation on new submarines and naval missiles, we will strengthen our navy-to-navy cooperation.
“We will also cooperate on naval research and technological development. This cooperation will strengthen our defence industries, and will be very important and beneficial for both our nations.”
The scope of the partnership includes the procurement of identical submarines and cooperation on training, exercises, spare parts, maintenance and lifetime-management of the new submarines.
The agreement will also help enhance industrial cooperation between German and Norwegian defence industries.
The cooperation is expected to generate new jobs in both countries and create new opportunities for a number of companies in Norway.
In March, a new contract was signed between Kongsberg, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) and Atlas Elektronik to provide combat management systems for the new German and Norwegian submarines.
Image: German and Norwegian Defence Ministers Ursula von der Leyen and Ine Eriksen Søreide. Photo: courtesy of the Norwegian Government.