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Norway to buy four submarines from German Thyssenkrupp.

| 2021

According to information published by Reuters on March 23, 2021, Norway has agreed to order four submarines from Germany’s Thyssenkrupp for 45 billion crowns ($5.3 billion), the Norwegian defense ministry said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 HDW Class 212A Submarine (Picture source: ThyssenKrupp Marine)

Norway and Germany, both NATO members, are jointly procuring identical submarines from Thyssenkrupp’s shipbuilding division.

The Norwegian defense ministry said Germany had agreed to order two submarines from Thyssenkrupp.

Since February 2017, it was announced that the Royal Norwegian Navy will procure four submarines based on Type 212. Initial plans envisaged service entry between 2025 and 2028. However, the Norwegian 2020 Defence Plan later envisaged service entry "around 2030".

The German Type 212 class, also Italian Todaro class, is a diesel-electric submarine developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) for the German and Italian navies. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion (AIP) system using Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) compressed hydrogen fuel cells. The submarines can operate at high speed on diesel power or switch to the AIP system for silent slow cruising, staying submerged for up to three weeks with little exhaust heat. The system is also said to be vibration-free, extremely quiet and virtually undetectable.

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