Each a class of its own – the successful submarines

Virtually no shipyard the world over has more experience in the design and construction of non-nuclear submarines than ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems with its Operating Unit Submarines (Kiel). The Operating Unit is a partner of the German Navy and has also delivered submarines for coastal and blue water deployment to the navies of 19 other countries.

Decades of experience as well as continuously introduced innovative ideas and concepts are the basis for the success of the submarine shipyard based in Kiel. Like the HDW Class 209, which can be found in every ocean in the world. No other class of submarine has been built more often since World War II. Now the HDW Class 212A and 214 submarines have entered new dimensions.

Ever since there have been submarines, the goal has been to extend their diving time. With air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems, this has become possible for non-nuclear boats. These propulsion systems increase the underwater range significantly and thus reduce the risk of discovery. In Kiel an air-independent propulsion system has been simultaneously developed and deployed - the HDW fuel cell plant. Besides new submarines, serving boats can also be retrofitted with this system.

HDW Class 212A and 214 submarines were the first in the world to undertake extra long dives independent of external air sources, equipped with a high-performance fuel cell propulsion system.

Both boat classes have set new standards in the areas of:

  • signatures,
  • range,
  • automation,
  • weapons control,
  • external communication,
  • crew comfort,
  • convenience.

The company unites submarine competence from basic research and development to design, manufacture, outfitting, testing and "in-service-support". Everything from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems comes at first hand.