Norway in search for submarine partner 8 April, 2016

The Norwegian Ministry of Defence has concluded that the French company Direction des Constructions Navales Services (DCNS) and the German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) are the strongest candidates if Norway decides to procure new submarines. Based on economic, industrial and military assessments, The Ministry of Defence has decided to focus our future efforts towards these two companies and their respective national authorities. Norway’s six Ula-class submarines, commissioned between 1989 – 1992, were designed to last for 30 years. They will reach the end of their service life in the mid-2020s. A procurement program for new submarines is expected to take more than ten years with first delivery approximately seven years after signing a contract, with subsequent delivery of one submarine per year. The Netherlands and Poland are named as possible partners in a joint program. 

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