The Norwegian Ministry of Defense has cho-
sen Germany as its strategic partner for the
Royal Norwegian Navy’s Future Submarine
program. ThyssenKrupp Marine System’s
(TKMS’s) Type U-212A diesel-electric sub-
marine was chosen over the DCNS Scorpene
following a comprehensive evaluation process.
The partnership now will be based on both navies
purchasing the common Type U-212A hull and the lifetime management of identical submarines. The next
step will be a government-to-government agreement
to be followed by negotiations with TKMS, which are
expected to be completed by 2019.
In June, the Norwegian government short-listed
the selection for the new submarine program to the
DCNS Scorpene and the TKMS 212/214. In November,
it adopted its latest Long-Term Defense Plan (LTDP),
which included the replacement of the Navy’s submarine fleet and maritime patrol aircraft.
A new fleet of four submarines will replace the six
units of the Ula class. The LTDP included new funding increases to serve as the initial step to fulfilling
a 20-year goal of adding $19.28 billion to the armed
forces budgets to address the increased costs of military equipment and shortfalls in maintenance, spare
parts and ammunition.
If the negotiation schedule holds, the first unit of
the class likely will begin construction in 2020 with
commissioning in 2025. All four units are anticipated
to enter service by 2030.
Like the Ula class, Norway may construct some of
the modules in country with final assembly at TKMS
in Germany. Further industrial cooperation between
Germany and Norway will occur in the submarines’
Thailand to Order Chinese Submarine
The Thai government has announced it will order the
first S26T (Yuan class) submarine from China this year.
Funding for the first unit, at $376 million, was approved
in September. The final proposal from China and all
related administrative processes is expected to be completed and a contract in place by the end of the year.
Assuming the submarine is ordered this year, China is
expected to begin construction in 2018 at either Wuhan
or Jiangnan Shipyard with delivery in 2021. Units two and
three could follow in 2021 or 2022, with payments being
made to China through 2027 if funding for the estimated
$1.12 billion project continues for the next decade. The
total cost includes the hulls, weapon systems, spare parts
and technology transfer.
The decision to procure a Chinese design came in
June 2015 following a vote by the 17-member Submarine
Procurement Committee appointed by the Royal Thai
Navy. Sources indicated at the time that the committee’s decision was based on the best value for the money,
which included the three submarines, submarine technology transfer agreements in addition to a training package.
The export model of the Yuan class, the S26T is
diesel-electric with a Chinese Air Independent Propulsion system using a Sterling-cycle engine. The three
hulls more than likely will have a complete Chinese
combat systems package.
Construction Starts on Tunisian OPVs
Damen has begun construction for the Tunisian
Ministry of Defense of two Damen OPV (offshore patrol
vessel) 1400s at Galati shipyard in Romania.
The OPV 1400 design is 72 meters (236.2 feet) in
length with a beam of 12. 7 meters ( 41. 7 feet) and a dis-
placement of 1,470 tons. It has a top speed of 21 knots.
Armaments for the new OPVs have not been
announced. The OPV 1400 can be armed with up to a
76mm main gun on the forecastle and two 12.7mm
machine guns. Sensors will include a medium-range
air/surface surveillance radar, two navigation radars
and an electro-optical fire control system.
The two units beginning construction will be named
Jugurtha (P 610) and Syphax (P 611). With steel cutting
in December, they are expected to be commissioned
around the end of 2018. Sources indicate that two
additional units will begin construction by the end of
Norway Picks Germany
As Future Submarine Partner
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