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3/30/21

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems hands over frigate “SACHSEN-ANHALT”

Today, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tk MS) handed over the frigate “SACHSEN-ANHALT” to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) in Wilhelmshaven. It is the third of a total of four ships of the Type F125 which tk MS is building in the ARGE F125 consortium together with the Fr. Lürssen Shipyard.

The ship was handed over to the BAAINBw, represented by the Head of the Acceptance Commission, Matthias Rohde and the responsible project manager at the BAAINBw, Marc Steffens, during a ceremony in Wilhelmshaven, which was kept small in view of the pandemic. On behalf of tk MS, Programme Manager Patrick Buggenthin signed the handover papers.

Chief Operating Officer Dr. Alexander Orellano, who was present, commented: “We have already delivered two ships that have since proven their technical capabilities. We are convinced that the third vessel, the “SACHSEN-ANHALT”, will also be successful. We wish her ‘fair winds and following seas’. Full operational readiness of all ships for the German Navy remains our most important goal. On behalf of all employees, I would like to express my gratitude for the trust placed in us. We look forward to continued good teamwork.”

The last ship of the F125 series, the “RHEINLAND-PFALZ”, is to be handed over this year.

The completely redesigned vessels of the Type F125 have highly complex systems and around 28,000 sensors that enable a very high degree of automation, making it possible to reduce the required number of crew members by about half compared to previous frigate classes. The ships can remain in the operational area for up to two years. Besides the traditional tasks of national and alliance defence, they are designed for conflict prevention and crisis management as well as for intervention and stabilization operations in an international context. In addition to the ability to engage targets both on land and on water, they are equipped with air defence systems and helicopters.

The contract for the construction of the four frigates became effective in June 2007. The concept, design and detailed design phases followed. Around 90 percent of the highly complex systems on board the F125 were developed specifically for this new type of ship.

ARGE F125 comprises thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as the lead company together with the Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard. The pre-fitted bow sections were produced at the shipyards of the Lürssen Group in Bremen and in Wolgast on the Baltic Sea. Construction of the stern sections, the joining of the two vessel halves, further fitting-out, commissioning and testing all took place at the Lürssen location Blohm+Voss in Hamburg.

Principal data of the F125:

  • Length: 149 m

  • Beam: 18 m

  • Maximum speed: > 26 kn

  • Displacement: approx. 7,200 t

  • Complement: max. 190 (of which 126 are regular crew)

About thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

With around 6,000 employees, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world's leading marine companies and a systems provider in submarine and surface shipbuilding as well as maritime electronics and security technology. Over 180 years of history and the constant pursuit of improvements are the basis for the company's success in constantly setting new standards. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems offers customized solutions for highly complex challenges in a changing world. The driving forces behind this are the employees of the company, who shape the future of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems with passion and commitment every day.

3/24/21

Agreement reached in German-Norwegian U212 Common Design (U212CD) project

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems has come to an agreement with the procurement authorities of Germany and Norway on the general conditions for the purchase of six Type 212 CD (Common Design) submarines. After challenging negotiations, all parties agreed to the technical content and contractual terms shortly before midnight on Monday.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: “This order represents the most important project for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems for the next decade and will secure employment, not only in Kiel, for years to come. The contract, which has yet to be signed, contains tough conditions for us. Nevertheless, for now we are happy to take this big step towards signing the contract and thank our customers for the trust they are placing in us.”

The design of the Type 212A submarine, which has proven itself in service with the German and Italian navies, will be further developed with the integration of advanced technologies to expand the U212 family in Europe. Construction of the first submarine could begin in 2023 if the contract is signed this summer. Delivery of the first submarine for the Norwegian Navy is expected from 2029, while delivery of the two boats for the German Navy is scheduled for 2031 and 2034. In preparation for the expected order, thyssenkrupp had already initiated investments of some € 250 million in 2019 for thyssenkrupp Marine Systems at the Kiel location aimed at its further development into an international competence centre for conventional submarine construction. The building of a new shipbuilding hall has already begun and is clearly visible on the shipyard site.

With the progress now achieved in the Norwegian-German strategic cooperation project U212CD, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will be able to consolidate its partnership with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA), which has already existed since 2017, and expand value-adding industrial partnerships in both Norway and Germany.

Eirik Lie, President Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace:
“This is a new important milestone in the collaboration between the two nations with an industrial perspective. Together we will make next generation world class submarines and combat systems, and the agreement will lead to new innovations and value creation, not only for KDA but also for our subcontractors and other medium-sized Norwegian companies in the future”.

With the ORCCA product family, kta naval systems is setting new standards for submarine combat systems. The company was founded in October 2017 as a joint venture between thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, its business unit for Naval Electronic Systems (ATLAS ELEKTRONIK) and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. kta naval systems develops, produces and maintains as an exclusive supplier all combat systems for submarines from thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

Within the scope of the contractually agreed industrial cooperation obligations, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems also plans to collaborate specifically with small and medium-sized Norwegian companies.

In Germany, the result of the negotiations still has to be considered in the coming weeks together with the customers and partners in Norway and Germany in such a way that the parliamentary ratification procedure in Germany can be served on schedule. Contract signing on the 212CD project is expected this summer following parliamentary approval.

About thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
With around 6,000 employees, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world's leading marine companies and a systems provider in submarine and surface shipbuilding as well as maritime electronics and security technology. Over 180 years of history and the constant pursuit of improvements are the basis for the company's success in constantly setting new standards. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems offers customized solutions for highly complex challenges in a changing world. The driving forces behind this are the employees of the company, who shape the future of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems with passion and commitment every day.

2/26/21

Construction of two submarines under licence for the Italian Navy

Today, the construction contract was signed between the multinational project organization OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en Matière d'Armement) and Fincantieri, which will build the submarines as prime contractor. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems had already signed a contract with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri on 23 December 2020 for the licensed construction of two Type U212A submarines for the Italian Navy.

To date, Fincantieri has built four Type U212A boats for the Marina Militare (Italian Navy) with the support of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. The order for the construction of two additional submarines of the Type 212 NFS (Near Future Submarine) will initially expand the fleet to six boats. This continues the successful cooperation between thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Fincantieri and the Italian Navy that has existed since 1996.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO: “The Italian Navy appreciates the quality of our design and is consequently building on a successful cooperation with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Fincantieri in the future.”

Christian Rogge, Head of Operating Unit Submarines: “We are pleased to have now successfully concluded years of discussions and negotiations in the face of the adverse circumstances related to the coronavirus!”

As part of its supply and service obligations, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will manufacture certain components in Kiel. Thus, in addition to the boat design itself, the bow sections of the boats, the fuel cell systems and various small components will have to be delivered to Fincantieri. Fincantieri will manufacture the boats in Italy as prime contractor, commission them and deliver them to the Italian Navy via the multinational project organization OCCAR. As an option, licensed construction for two further boats in Italy has been agreed.

The Type U212A boats have been in service with the German Navy since 2004 and were subsequently adopted by the Italian Navy. As part of a procurement cooperation between Norway and Germany that has been in place since 2017, thyssenkrupp Marines Systems is currently working on an order for the production, commissioning and delivery of a total of six U212CD (Common Design) submarines. In addition, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is participating in the bidding process for the Dutch submarine procurement program with a U212 design.

About thyssenkrupp Marine Systems
With around 6,000 employees, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world's leading marine companies and a systems provider in submarine and surface shipbuilding as well as maritime electronics and security technology. Over 180 years of history and the constant pursuit of improvements are the basis for the company's success in constantly setting new standards. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems offers customized solutions for highly complex challenges in a changing world. The driving forces behind this are the employees of the company, who shape the future of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems with passion and commitment every day.

Submarine components from 3D printers go into series production

Industrial parts from state-of-the-art 3D printers have decisive advantages over conventionally produced components. That's why our naval experts at thyssenkrupp Marine Systems are working at full speed to make 3D-printed components cost-effective for submarine construction. The necessary quality and safety standards have already been set. With the acquisition of the Group's Additive Manufacturing TechCenter, we are right on course on our journey to become the most modern naval company in Europe – and to series production of 3D printed submarine components.

A great kick-off for our new platform

"Technology Conventions 2020“ in Kiel this week! With naval specialists from #MarineSystems and selected suppliers, the first technology discussion focused on REP-floors - standardized floor plates for #submarines and #surfacevessels. Insights from #Engineering and Supply Chain Management as well as field reports from our #SeaTrial team laid the foundation for the joint workshops sharing the latest functional and strategic trends in the marine systems industry. We are looking forward to the next "Technology Conventions“ this summer for more exciting dialogues on #innovation, #digitalization and marine technology. Attendance by invitation only. To participate, please reach out to our colleagues at Techcon2020.tkms@thyssenkrupp.com.

Fascination deep sea: Autonomous submarines tap previously unexplored seabed

On our way to become the most modern #naval company in Europe, we think beyond known waters. With #SeaCat our engineeres set out to explore the world's sea beds – a mystery to mankind. The unmanned #submarine, uses underwater mapping and footage to provide new insights into the mysterious world #underwater.

A new standard for unmanned underwater operations:

The Modifiable Underwater Mothership (MUM). Today, we proudly presented the results of a pioneering research project on large modular underwater vehicles. Designed in collaboration with project partners from science and industry, MUM could now permanently change the way #underwater research is conducted. The high-tech asset for the civil #maritimeindustry is powered by a state-of-the-art, emission-free fuel cell. Independent of wind and weather, MUM can operate 24/7, 365 days a year. Norbert Brackmann, German government coordinator for the maritime industry, visited our shipyard in Kiel to experience the project progress and the technological innovations developed by our maritime experts. To further the research, we will now apply for funding for a MUM large-scale demonstrator as part of the Economic Ministry’s Maritime Research Programme.

Today, Germany's most modern

#frigate was put into service and officially commissioned: The F125 "Nordrhein-Westfalen“. The ship is the second of a total of four frigates which are available to the #GermanNavy. Their strength lies not only in fulfilling the traditional tasks of national and alliance defence, but also in their design for conflict prevention and crisis management as well as intervention and stabilization operations on an international scale. We look forward to the handing over of the third and fourth ships which are planned to take place successively until 2021. #BadenWürttembergKlasse

On today’s #IntellectualPropertyDay,

we are celebrating 125 years of patent history at @thyssenkrupp. Every year, thyssenkrupp developers file #patents for about 600 new #inventions worldwide. On our way to become the most modern naval company in Europe, we at @thyssenkrupp Marine Systems are working on new innovations every day. For example, when developing an underwater vehicle that prevents unnecessary by-catch and saves the ecology of oceans around the world: https://lnkd.in/dBFJc4T

ADLiS® - The New Dimension in Network-based Operations. For all Nations.

It's simply a tactical decision. #ADLiS® is the #data link system from our experts at #AtlasElektronik. It opens up new dimensions in network-based operations by combining all information at the highest speed and enabling the #tactical situation to be recorded. It links people, platforms, sensors and weapons. This greatly increases the command speed and the combat strength of the entire unit.

Cem Selvi and his team make trainees fit for the shipyard

People come first: Cem Selvi and the training team at the Kiel shipyard educate and support their apprentices and dual students from start to finish of their training at #thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and weld the young people together as a team! #career