Norway is to partner with Germany for the common purchase and lifetime management of new submarines.
The decision involves navy-to-navy cooperation comprising submarines and other naval capabilities, the Government of Norway stated.
As well as purchasing identical submarines, the German-Norwegian collaboration also covers training, exercises, spare parts, maintenance and lifetime management of the new submarines.
In a statement posted on the Norwegian Government website, Norwegian Minister of Defence Ine Eriksen Søreide said: “Submarines are amongst The Norwegian Armed Forces’ most important capabilities and is of great significance for our ability to protect Norway’s maritime interests. It is important that we have found a strategic partner that we can build a broad and long-lasting cooperation with.
“This lays a good foundation for the long-term relations we need to maintain a credible submarine capability in the future. Submarine cooperation with Germany will ensure that Norway gets the submarines we require, and at the same time contributing to Smart defence and more efficient defence material cooperation in Nato.”
The submarines will be based on the 212-design that is already in service in Germany and Italy.
Norway is to enter final negotiations with German authorities. Once a government-to-government agreement is in-place, negotiations will begin with German submarine supplier Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.
A common contract for new submarines is expected to be signed in 2019, with plans to deliver them between 2020 and 2030.
Image: German submarine. Photo: courtesy of Norwegian Ministry of Defence.