Cookies are used on our website. Some of them are mandatory, while others enable us to improve your user experience on our website.
HDW Class 212A submarines can rightly be called the ultimate in German submarine technology.
This compact, air-independent non-nuclear submarine stands out for its high payloads of sensors, communication equipment, weapon control systems and weapons. Great attention has been paid to on-board efficiency and energy management. Air-independent propulsion (AIP) along with the non-magnetic construction and acoustically optimized equipment has produced a submarine that is nearly impossible to detect. The HDW fuel cell system coupled with a PERMASYN® motor enables this submarine to spend long periods submerged with low indiscretion rates. Other outstanding features include integrated weapon command and control systems, a low crew complement thanks to high levels of automation, an "undisturbed" combat information center (CIC) thanks to the double-deck configuration, and weapon tubes with water pressure launching systems.
Changing mission profiles and ongoing technological advances have led to a number of modifications in the second batch of HDW Class 212A submarines:
Integration of a communications system suitable for use in network-centric warfare scenarios
Installation of integrated German sonar and command weapon and control systems
Replacement of the flank array sonar with a superficial lateral antenna
Replacement of one periscope by an optronic mast
Integration of a diver lock-out system
HDW Class 212A submarines excel with their capability to operate from deep submerged positions far offshore or in extremely shallow waters.
|LOA||~ 56 m||~ 57 m|
|Pressure hull ø||~ 7 m||~ 7 m|
|Surface displ.||~ 1,450 t||~ 1,500 t|
|Hight incl. sail||~ 11.5 m||~ 11.5 m|