The Norwegian military company, Kongsberg, was awarded a significant contract by the Norwegian and German navies. The dual procurement by both countries is a part of the wider 212CD procurement that will be ongoing into the 2030s.
The ORCCA Combat System procurement is part of a subcontract with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The contract for the Kongsberg command and control system is a part of a mutual agreement signed between Norway and Germany when both nations decided on the procurement of the new Type 212CD (Common Design) submarines in 2017. The contracts are overseen by kta naval systems, a join venture between thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, its Naval Electronic Systems business unit (ATLAS ELEKTRONIK) and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace set up in October 2017.
Germany will also obtain the Naval Strike Missle (NSM) Block 1A along with the Norwegians. This joint procurement program alone is worth 4,404M NOK or around $450 million. The NSM will replace the Harpoon missiles currently used on the F124, F125, and F126 type frigates. Germany is the 6th nation to select NSM. For Norway the contract will serve to replenish and update their current inventory.
Eirik Lie, president of Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS, said:
“This bilateral agreement between Germany and Norway enables expanded industrial cooperation between our two countries. Common NSM and submarine procurement creates many new jobs and value creation in the whole supply chain in Norway for the next decade. Both NSM and the new submarine class represent the most modern and advanced high-end technology equipment that exists in the world today. KONGSBERG is proud to be in the front seat in this journey.”
Back in 2017, both Germany and Norway decided to joint purchase of a Type 212A-based submarine. The new Type 212CD will comprise the low signature profile of the Type 212A, but the submarine itself is going to be tailored to the specific needs of both nations. Norway will receive four ships, while Germany’s procurement consists of two Type 212CDs. The first Norwegian submarine is going to leave docks in 2029, while the latter deliveries for the German Navy will take place in 2032 and 2034.
The success of the 212CD relies on the satisfaction of Germany and Norway with potential for future orders from several European states. This includes Poland who decided not to participate in the initial Type 212CD procurement but will soon need to begin replacing its aging submarine fleet.