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[*] posted on 24-10-2018 at 09:48 AM


First Sea Test for Modified Submarine

(Swedish defence matériel agency, FMV; issued Oct 23, 2018)

(Issued in Swedish; unofficial translation by Defese-Aerospace.com)


The crew onboard preparing the first submarine from MLU Gotland for its first sea trials. The new optronic mast that replaces the traditional periscope is one of the new systems fitted as part of the MLU. (Saab photo)

The submarine HMS Gotland recently launched their test sortie to carry out the tests that can only be done at sea. FMV performs the trials to see if the onboard systems deliver the capabilities they should.

The Gotland submarines, built between 1990 and 1997, have previously undergone simpler modifications. The mid-life upgrade that is now being carried out takes a holistic approach and looks over the entire submarine and its installations to ensure demand availability and performance for remaining life.

Systems and equipment that are outdated and deemed difficult to keep in operation during the remaining lifetime are upgraded or replaced. In connection with this, the need to update the submarine's existing abilities to meet new threat pictures has also been evaluated. Furthermore, the mid-life upgrade modifications also deal with meeting the work environment and safety requirements that have changed since the submarines were built.

The hulls of the submarines have been cut and extended by about two meters. The modification work on the inside has been significantly facilitated by working with free access through the submarine subdivision.

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Sea Trials Commence of Upgraded Gotland Submarine

(Source: Saab; issued Oct 23, 2018)

On Friday October 19 His Swedish Majesty Ship (HSwMS) Gotland started its sea trials at the Saab shipyard in Karlskrona, after a comprehensive Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) to ensure its operational service to Sweden beyond 2025.

HSwMS Gotland is the first of two submarines being upgraded with the mid-life modifications, which consist of upgrades of onboard systems and technology, sustaining the submarine’s operational capability to meet future naval challenges.

“The sea trials mark an important phase in the MLU project. This is the first time the crew will be able to operate the new systems in the true environment. After extensive training in the land-based training facility, they will now be able to see the true potential of their submarine,” says Gunnar Wieslander, Senior Vice President, head of business area Kockums at Saab.

The upgrade process entails many important systems, such as the Stirling Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) for longer duration underwater and the combat system. Even the traditional optical periscope is replaced with a new optronic mast for enhanced surveillance. More than 20 systems on-board the upgraded Gotland-class will be implemented in the new A26 submarine for Sweden. The Gotland MLU therefore contributes to the test and qualification of some of the innovative solutions to be implemented in the future Swedish A26 submarines.

After tests and verifications, the submarine will be delivered back to the Swedish Navy.

Facts about the MLU of Gotland
-- Length overall: 62 m
-- Beam: 6.2 m
-- Displacement: 1580 tons (surfaced)
-- Weapons: Torpedoes, bow tubes
-- Propulsion: Single-shaft, diesel-electric and Stirling AIP
-- Endurance: Weeks (submerged)
-- Hull: Single pressure hull, two pressure tight compartments
-- Crew: 25

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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New Lithium-Ion Batteries for Submarines: Prototypes to be Presented at EURONAVAL

(Source: Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems; issued Oct 19, 2018)

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems has developed a new type of lithium-ion battery system for submarines together with Saft, a manufacturer of advanced battery systems for industry. In an adapted form, the system could also be used for other maritime applications in future.

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems will present the prototype at the EURONAVAL for the first time to the public.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems: "The use of the new battery technology has enormous tactical advantages. We are entering a new era of submarine construction." Compared to the known lead-acid battery, maintenance is negligible, and the lifetime is much higher. The new batteries depend little on the removable energy from the discharge currents and a submarine can – regardless of battery charge – drive at maximum speed.

In addition to a system design tailored to safety and to the special requirements of the operation in the maritime sector as well as a selection of safe cell chemistry, a series of tests has already successfully demonstrated the safety at battery cell and system level. Further intensive test series are planned until sample inspection.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems: "The tests have been extremely successful so far. In the coming year, we want to have completed the sample inspections required for the approval."

The system is designed as part of a study, which is carried out on behalf of the German procurement office, BAAINBw, to support the integration into new submarine projects for HDW Class 212 as well as re-fit solutions into existing weapon platforms. Concepts for an adapted design for integration into HDW Class 214 are planned. Due to the modular design of the battery system, it can in principal be adapted to fit into any naval application.

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems at EURONAVAL from 23 October to 26 October 2018 in Paris

You can find Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems in the German pavilion in hall 2B, booth G45/G51 together with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK. As a leading systems supplier for non-nuclear submarines and naval surface vessels, we present a wide range of products in addition to the prototype of the new battery technology:

-- Submarine HDW Class 212A as well as Frigate Class 125 and Corvette Class 130; specifically designed for the German Navy and its mission requirements
-- MEKO Family (A-100 and A-200) and submarines HDW Class 209/1400mod and 214, products that enable our international customers to solve their operational challenges
-- Future kta naval systems consoles of the Combat Management System of the new submarine HDW Class 212CD
-- Capability enhancements such as HDW Fuel Cell System with reformer or IDAS

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems' battery partner, Saft, will display its advanced battery technologies for submarines, torpedoes, civil marine, and other defense applications at the Euronaval show in booth F31.

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems is one of the world's leading system suppliers for submarines and naval surface vessels. The company has a history of naval shipbuilding that dates back centuries and offers state-of-the-art technologies, innovations and extensive and dependable services to customers around the world.

Saft specializes in advanced technology battery solutions for industry, from the design and development to the production, customization and service provision. Saft is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Total, a leading international oil and gas company and a major player in low-carbon energies.

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Naval Group Presents LIBRT, Its New Generation of Lithium-Ion Batteries System for Submarines

(Source: Nava Group; issued Oct 22, 2018)

Naval Group has developed a high performance and highly secure Li-ion batteries system to provide its conventional submarines with outstanding operational capabilities, as well as an immersion period and reloading time largely optimised.

The navies that will operate this new technology will boast a major technological superiority on theatres of operations.

This success is the result of a close cooperation between Naval Group, Saft, CEA Tech and EDF R&D.

The Li-ion batteries system LIBRT, improved security and performances on-board submarines developed by Naval Group

LIBRT increases significantly the submarines’ submerged endurance and improves its stealth, while guaranteeing better security conditions.

This cutting-edge technology offers twice more available energy while reducing significantly the reloading time.

In hostile environments, the submarine will therefore take advantage from an increased submerged operating range as well as from the capability to evade all kinds of naval threats. Fast loading battery limits the time spent in periscopic immersion, thus enhancing the indetectability of the submarine.

These are valuable operational advantages that provide the submarines with a real technological superiority compared to current generations. As for security, nothing has been left to chance. To fit a batteries system on-board a submarine requires upstream precautions to ensure complete security.

These requirements have been integrated from the earliest stage of the design of this new batteries system, being for the choice of electrochemistry or for the conception of the embedded system.

To do so, Naval Group has implemented the same methodologies and security requirements as for the conception of nuclear submarines for the French Navy.

The Li-ion batteries system LIBRT, all the power of Made in France

This is a tight-knit and fully dedicated French Team that is mobilised over the development and the implementation of this new batteries system.

Thanks to the high level of competences and experiences of Saft, CEA Tech, EDF R&D and Naval Group – all leaders on their respective markets – the Li-ion batteries system LIBRT epitomizes the French innovating and creativity spirit.

Naval Group brings its experience as a system provider and integrator, Saft its expertise in the conception and production of state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries, CEA Tech provides Naval Group with its research capacities in the fields of chemistry, structure and electronics and, finally, EDF R&D volunteers its experience and its first rank testing facilities for energy production systems requiring high levels of safety, reliability and security.

The Li-ion batteries system LIBRT, a project supported by the French DGA

This innovating battery system has been developed in the frame of Naval Group’s strategic R&D roadmap, in close technical partnership with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) that has been monitoring that high levels of security and safety were applied.

Alain Guillou, Senior Executive Vice-President declared “the successful development of the LIBRT Li-ion batteries systems is a huge technological stride for the new generation of submarines developed by Naval Group. It provides utmost security guarantees as well as operational and technological superiority to all our clients worldwide.”

Naval Group is a European leader in naval defence. The group designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships. It also supplies services to shipyards and naval bases. The group reports revenues of €3.7 billion and has a workforce of 13,429 (data for 2017).

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[*] posted on 24-10-2018 at 10:47 AM


One presumes that Li-ion battery systems will be to the fore for our own Future Submarine development, OR are we going to be asinine enough to ignore it?
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Quote: Originally posted by bug2  
One presumes that Li-ion battery systems will be to the fore for our own Future Submarine development, OR are we going to be asinine enough to ignore it?


I thought we were funding our own system with the help of Japan
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[*] posted on 24-10-2018 at 07:06 PM


Quite...........but my concern is that we get the system IF it works out as planned. "System" here means Li-ion batteries NOT the particular manufacturer.
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Euronaval 2018: TKMS Showcasing Li Ion Battery Prototype for SSK

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2018 22:25

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has developed a new type of lithium-ion battery system for submarines together with Saft, a manufacturer of advanced battery systems for industry. Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is showcasing the prototype at EURONAVAL 2018 for the first time to the public.


Euronaval 2018 TKMS Showcasing Li Ion Battery Prototype for SSKLi Ion Battery Prototype on TKMS stand at Euronaval 2018

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: "The use of the new battery technology has enormous tactical advantages. We are entering a new era of submarine construction."

Compared to the known lead-acid battery, maintenance is negligible, and the lifetime is much higher. The new batteries depend little on the removable energy from the discharge currents and a submarine can – regardless of battery charge – drive at maximum speed. In addition to a system design tailored to safety and to the special requirements of the operation in the maritime sector as well as a selection of safe cell chemistry, a series of tests has already successfully demonstrated the safety at battery cell and system level.

Further intensive test series are planned until sample inspection. Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems: "The tests have been extremely successful so far. In the coming year, we want to have completed the sample inspections required for the approval.”

The system is designed as part of a study, which is carried out on behalf of the German procurement office, BAAINBw, to support the integration into new submarine projects for HDW Class 212 as well as re-fit solutions into existing weapon platforms. Concepts for an adapted design for integration into HDW Class 214 are planned. Due to the modular design of the battery system, it can in principal be adapted to fit into any naval application.

Talking to Navy Recognition at Euronaval, TKMS representatives explained that shock testing of the battery will take place in 2019. About 250 modules would be used for a Class 212. The intent of TKMS is to fit these new batteries in the Type 212CD for the Norwegian Navy.
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Introducing Naval Group's new Lithium-ion batteries system for submarines

POSTED ON WEDNESDAY, 24 OCTOBER 2018 20:36

Naval Group has developed a high performance and highly secure Li-ion batteries system to provide its conventional submarines with outstanding operational capabilities, as well as an immersion period and reloading time largely optimised. The navies that will operate this new technology will boast a major technological superiority on theatres of operations.


Introducing Naval Groups new Lithium ion batteries system for submarinesNaval Group's SMX 3.0 submarine concept unveiled during Euronaval 2016
(Credit: Naval Group)

LIBRT increases significantly the submarines' submerged endurance and improves its stealth, while guaranteeing better security conditions.

This cutting-edge technology offers twice more available energy while reducing significantly the reloading time.

In hostile environments, the submarine will therefore take advantage from an increased submerged operating range as well as from the capability to evade all kinds of naval threats. Fast loading battery limits the time spent in periscopic immersion, thus enhancing the indetectability of the submarine. These are valuable operational advantages that provide the submarines with a real technological superiority compared to current generations. As for security, nothing has been left to chance. To fit a batteries system on-board a submarine requires upstream precautions to ensure complete security. These requirements have been integrated from the earliest stage of the design of this new batteries system, being for the choice of electrochemistry or for the conception of the embedded system.

To do so, Naval Group has implemented the same methodologies and security requirements as for the conception of nuclear submarines for the French Navy.

This is a tight-knit and fully dedicated French Team that is mobilised over the development and the implementation of this new batteries system.

Thanks to the high level of competences and experiences of Saft, CEA Tech, EDF R&D and Naval Group – all leaders on their respective markets – the Li-ion batteries system LIBRT epitomizes the French innovating and creativity spirit.

Naval Group brings its experience as a system provider and integrator, Saft its expertise in the conception and production of state-of-the-art Li-ion batteries, CEA Tech provides Naval Group with its research capacities in the fields of chemistry, structure and electronics and, finally, EDF R&D volunteers its experience and its first rank testing facilities for energy production systems requiring high levels of safety, reliability and security.

This innovating batteries system has been developed in the frame of Naval Group's strategic R&D roadmap, in close technical partnership with the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) that has been monitoring that high levels of security and safety were applied.

Alain Guillou, Senior Executive Vice-President declared "the successful development of the LIBRT Li-ion batteries systems is a huge technological stride for the new generation of submarines developed by Naval Group. It provides utmost security guarantees as well as operational and technological superiority to all our clients worldwide."
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Euronaval 2018: TKMS pushes ahead lithium-ion submarine battery

Alex Pape, Paris - Jane's Navy International

28 October 2018

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) is nearing completion of its effort to adapt a commercially available lithium-ion battery cell for submarine use, the company told Jane’s at the Euronaval 2018 naval exhibition in Paris.

A propagation test carried out by partner SAFT verified the inherent safety of the chosen lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery chemistry, which has comparatively lower energy density than other lithium-ion technologies but benefits from a lower risk of thermal runaway.

TKMS and SAFT aim to have their battery tested and certified by TÜV Rheinland in Germany in the near future, and testing of a battery string representative of how the batteries would be arranged in the submarine application is also to be tested at TKMS’ Kiel facility in 2019.

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Indo Defence 2018: Progress of Indonesia’s first mini-submarine hit by budgetary delays

Ridzwan Rahmat, Jakarta - Jane's Navy International

07 November 2018


A model of the 22 m mini-submarine concept on display at Indo Defence 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Key Points

- Indonesia's plan to build a mini-submarine in-country has gone into limbo because of a lack of funds
- The Indonesian government's plan to evaluate the concept, which was initially conceived for special forces operations, will be delayed

A plan by the Indonesian government to build a 22 m mini-submarine in-country has been hit by budgetary delays, an official from private shipbuilder PT Palindo Marine told Jane's on 7 November at the Indo Defence 2018 exhibition in Jakarta.

The shipyard has been in talks with the Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) for one mini-submarine since 2017, but a contract has yet to materialise due to the unavailability of funds, said Mukti Syarif Rivai, a naval architect at the company.

"We have made investments and prepared our facilities at Batam to construct the mini-submarine. But the contract has not been signed and we are unsure of the progress with this as we understand that the funds have not been released," he added.

PT Palindo Marine was initially scheduled to begin construction of the boat, which will be based on the concept that was first unveiled by the MoD's research and development branch at the 2016 iteration of Indo Defence, in late 2017.

The concept is a product of collaboration between the defence ministry, PT Palindo Marine, the Indonesian Co-ordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, and two Indonesian tertiary institutions: Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS) and the University of Indonesia (UI).

The design has an overall length of 22 m, an overall beam of 3 m, and a hull draught of 2.5 m. The boat displaces approximately 117 tonnes when surfaced and 127 tonnes when submerged. It has a maximum operating depth of 150 m, an endurance of six days, and a top speed of 10 kt when dived.

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Naval Group showcases innovative submarine solutions showcased at NIDV in Rotterdam

POSTED ON THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2018 08:39

On November 15th 2018, Naval Group participates in the 30th edition of NIDV, the Netherlands Industries for Defence & Security exhibition held at Rotterdam AHOY. At NIDV, Naval Group showcases its capabilites and vision to the Dutch industrial partners in the context of the Walrus replacement program as well as cutting-edge concept products.


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Vision on the Walrus-class replacement program

On November 15th 2018, Naval Group participates in the Netherlands Industries for Defence & Security (NIDV) exhibition in Rotterdam at booth N° 2.640.

The company outlines its vision and capabilities on submarines to its Dutch industrial partners in the context of the Walrus-class replacement program. This project will be a strategic long-term cooperation opportunity for all parties involved.

“Naval Group foresees to closely work together with more than 70 Dutch companies, knowledge and research centers on the design, construction and the maintenance of a new generation of submarines in the Netherlands.” declared Mark von Rooij, Chief Executive Officer of Naval Group Netherlands.

A sustainable global player supporting world navies

Building on its 400 years long experience in supporting the French Navy, Naval Group is the partner of choice for many international navies, including several NATO allies. For example, in this capacity, Naval Group has designed and is building the first units of the Barracuda family. It has been developed to respond to the needs of first-rank navies and to specifically respond to evolving threats.

The Barracuda family of submarines brings unmatched oceanic potential to the market and offers uncompromised performance in acoustic discretion, special operations, stealth and striking power. It is able of supporting a variety of complex mission scenarii including coalition and NATO operations. In 2016, within the Sea Future Program, Australia has selected Naval Group’s Barracuda family to renew its submarine fleet with 12 new units.

A rich and diversified submarine expertise

Naval Group is committed to be at the forefront of the latest technological developments and therefore continuously innovate. Over 10% of Naval Group turnover is dedicated to R&D projects. At NIDV, the visitors may see the state-of-art naval defense solutions created for modern navies, demonstrating Naval Group’s capabilities in modern submarine building along with high tech solutions for systems.

As an example, the anti-submarine warfare system CANTO®-S will be presented on the booth as it constitutes a breakthrough in the field of anti-torpedo defence. Based on dilution/confusion concept, this combat system is the only solution capable of protecting submarines against both the most advanced and the previous generation torpedoes.

Concept submarine: meeting the operational needs of the next decades

To meet the operational needs of the next decades, Naval Group presents a disruptive submarine. Naval Group innovates to push the technological thresholds and reach unequaled performances with the SMX®31 Electric, the totally stealth, enduring and invulnerable fully electric submarine. It has new sensors, a new coating and is specially adapted for the use of unmanned vehicles. The Electric can help navies gather and share valuable intelligence without ever being detected thanks to the powerful acoustic, optronic and electromagnetic sensors. It is capable of acting firmly using powerful new generation weapons. It presents several assets including the extreme stealth when submerged, the increased invulnerability against modern weapons, the energy autonomy and its endurance.

This innovative initiative is part of Naval Group’s identity. Naval Group presents its concept ship building on decades of experience in conventional and nuclear powered submarine design. The precious know-how and unique expertise passed on from generation to generation thanks to the continuous development of submarine platforms over the years is celebrated at NIDV.
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New battery can double the operational time of submarines, says South Korea

By: Jeff Jeong   9 hours ago


South Korea says it has developed a lithium-ion battery that can extend the operational hours of its submarines (Kim Jae-Hwan/AFP)

SEOUL — South Korea says it has developed lithium-ion batteries that can double the operational hours of submarines compared to those with lead-acid batteries.

The lithium-ion batteries were created for the country’s next-generation attack submarines, expected to launch in the mid-2020s, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, or DAPA.

Following 30 months of development, the batteries passed a technology readiness assessment, a step toward integration on a weapons platform, the agency said in a news release.

“Development of lithium-ion batteries for submarines is a great achievement in the global submarine market,” said Rear Adm. Jung Il-shik of the DAPA’s next-generation submarine project group. “We expect this successful development of lithium-ion batteries to raise South Korea’s reputation as a submarine maker, as well as to have a great ripple effect through the commercial sectors.”

Samsung SDI, the world’s largest supplier of lithium-ion batteries, including ones for cellphones, manufactured the battery module to be mounted on the second batch of three KSS-III submarines. Hanwha Land Systems is responsible for integrating the modules and other parts on the submarine, which is built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.

The first of the three locally designed KSS-III Batch I diesel-electric submarines was launched in September, and two more hulls are expected to be under construction until 2024. According to the DAPA, the KSS-III class is 83.5 meters long and has a beam of 9.6 meters. It has a displacement of 3,358 tons when surfaced, and 3,705 tons when submerged.

The boat is known to be equipped with six vertical launch system tubes and able to accommodate a locally developed cruise missile. It can sail at a maximum speed of 20 knots with a cruising range of 10,000 nautical meters, DAPA officials said.

With a slight redesign and some system upgrades, the Batch II subs are expected to have improved capabilities in attacking strategic land-based targets and performing anti-submarine warfare, the officials said.

The Korean developers prioritized the safety and reliability of the lithium-ion batteries, which were once considered expensive and too unstable for submarines, another DAPA source with the submarine project group told Defense News.

“It’s no doubt that South Korean companies have the world’s best technology of lithium-ion batteries, but if an accident happened like an explosion, such technology is to be meaningless,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the development project. “So we’re really focused on safety and reliability rather than performances. We even lowered the level of performances to an extent on purpose to ensure higher and better safety standards.”

To that end, the new batteries have undergone tests simulating harsh conditions, such as an explosion, seawater, fire and extreme temperatures, he noted.

“The Korean lithium-ion batteries still would be better than those of competitors,” he asserted, referring to Japan’s recent integration of lithium-ion batteries into its Soryu-class diesel-electric attack submarine.

The 84-meter-long boat for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force was launched Oct. 4, with an operational data set for 2020. GS Yuasa, a Kyoto-based battery manufacturer, developed the lithium-ion batteries for the Soryu-class sub.

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New Submarines: Binding Offer Received

(Source: Norwegian Ministry of Defence; issued Nov 27, 2018)

Norway and Germany will together negotiate a contract to procure six identical submarines. The commercial process towards the supplier has been ongoing since the summer of 2017, and the binding offer from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems was received on 30th of October 2018.

The procurement agencies, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) in Norway and Bundesamt für Ausrüstnung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) in Germany, received the binding offer from the main supplier on the 30th of October 2018, and has begun a thorough joint evaluation of the offer.

“We will now go through the offer from the shipyard before the negotiations begin,” says Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen.

Norway and Germany will conduct joint negotiations towards the shipyard with the aim of reaching an agreement and signing a contract in 2019. Both nations expect the negotiations to be challenging.

Germany and Norway will procure identical submarines in the same timeframe. This will give synergies and savings throughout the lifetime of the submarines for both nations.

In addition to the submarine cooperation, the nations have established a Navy-to-Navy cooperation, Research and Development cooperation and a Missile cooperation.

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Iran adds 2 mini submarines to naval fleet

By: Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press   8 hours ago


Members of Iran's navy stand on the Ghadir-942 submarine in southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran, at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Iran's navy has acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf, the Iranian state TV reported on Thursday. (Rahbar Emamdadi/Mehr News Agency via AP)

These are an adaptation of a North Korean design. Exactly how much is built in Iran and how much is built in North Korea, is widely open to question................:mad:

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s navy has acquired two new mini submarines designed for operations in shallow waters such as the Persian Gulf, the Iranian state TV reported on Thursday.

The report said one of the mini submarines — also known as midget submarines — was dubbed Ghadir-955 and was built in 18 months. The other, a previously built Ghadir-942, took 10 months to overhaul.

The subs have sonar-evading technology and can launch missiles from under water, as well as fire torpedoes and drop marine mines, the TV said. Iran began manufacturing Ghadir subs in 2005. The first was unveiled in 2007 and by 2012, five such submarines were incorporated into Iran's navy.

Midget submarines weigh less than 150 metric tons and are used for short missions, with no living accommodations for a crew of up to nine.


Members of Iran’s navy stand on the Ghadir-955 submarine during its inauguration in the southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran, at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (Rahbar Emamdadi/Mehr News Agency via AP)

The TV broadcast footage of the inauguration of one the submarine in southern port of Bandar Abbas, at the mouth of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for nearly a third of all oil traded by sea.

At the ceremony, Adm. Mojtaba Mohammadi said the sub is the 14th Iran-made vessel that joined the navy.

Iran does not disclose the total number of submarines in its fleet, however, it is believed to have some 12 light and three Russian-made submarines.

Iran, which has been developing its own tanks, armored personnel carriers, missiles and fighter planes as a part of an arms development program initiative since 1992, often boasts of new achievements or acquisitions that cannot be independently verified.

The submarines' announcement is likely intended to boost Iran’s military image amid rising tensions with the United States, which in November re-imposed all sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The Trump administration pulled America out from the deal in May.
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Modification of the Execution of the Construction of Four S80 Submarines

(Source: Spanish Prime Minister; issued Nov. 30, 2018)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

The Council of Ministers on Nov. 30 authorized the modification of the execution order awarded by the Ministry of Defense to Navantia for the construction of four S-80 submarines, for an estimated value of 1,771,703,930.42 euros, as the basic conditions were altered essential aspects of the contract, both in terms of the technical characteristics and in terms of compliance and price.

This order of execution, which derives from the collaboration agreement signed between the company Izar Construcciones Navales S.A. (Navantia) and the Ministry of Defense, is a legal business excluded from the Consolidated Text of the Contracts Law of Public Administrations.

It subsequently suffered various modifications and vicissitudes in the execution, in such a way that the Navantia company in November 2012 communicated to the Navy the non-viability of the design due to a critical deviation in the weight control of the ship.

This situation forced us to focus all our efforts on finding the technical solution that would solve this problem and allow us to return the project to viability. This solution has already been reached, so it is necessary to implement it, and the modification of the Order of Execution of March 25, 2004 is required for this purpose.

The change is due to reasons of public interest, such as the interest of national defense, reaching strategic independence in an essential weapon, the technological and industrial development in Spain of the air-independent propulsion system (AIP), as well as economic and social reasons in the area of influence of the Navantia shipyard in the Region of Murcia.

The modification which has now been authorized has as precedent the agreement of the Council of Ministers of July 27, 2018, that modifies the limits of the acquisition expenditure commitments charged to future years and authorizes the increase of the Special Program of Modernization of the Armed Forces corresponding to the S-80 submarines.

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Brazil prepares to launch first Riachuelo-class submarine

Victor Barreira, Rio de Janeiro - Jane's Defence Weekly

06 December 2018


The first-of-class is scheduled to be launched in mid-December. Source: Victor Barreira

The first-of-class Riachuelo-class (Modified Scorpene-class) S-BR diesel-electric submarine Riachuelo (S40) is scheduled to be launched on 14 December at the Itaguaí Naval Complex in Itaguaí, where the ship was built by Itaguaí Construções Navais (ICN).

The boat is currently at the Estaleiro de Construção (ESC) assembly hall and will be moved to TTS Syncrolift's ship lift to be lowered into the water on the launch date.

The ship will then spend another estimated two years undergoing pier tests and sea trials. It is scheduled for delivery to the Brazilian Navy in 2020.

The S-BR is built in five sections. Riachuelo bow's third and fourth sections were constructed in Cherbourg, France. The remaining three boats - Humaitá (S41), Tonelero (S42), and Angostura (S43) - are being fully constructed in Brazil.

Humaitá , Tonelero , and Angostura are in different stages of construction. Pre-outfits of hull sections and equipment installation on Humaitá and Tonelero are taking place at the UFEM metallic structures manufacturing unit, while state-owned company Nuclebrás Equipamentos Pesados (NUCLEP) will fabricate sections for Angostura .

Sections of Humaitá are scheduled to be moved by road from the ESC hall in March 2019, with the submarine launch scheduled for September 2020 and commissioning in 2021. The remaining two boats are scheduled to be launched in December 2021 and December 2022 and commissioned in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

With a length of 71.62 m and a surface displacement of 1,870 tonnes, the S-BRs are designed for a full range of roles, including anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions, special operations, and intelligence-gathering.

The ships feature six 533 mm tubes firing either Naval Group F21 torpedoes or MBDA Exocet SM39 Block 2 Mod 2 missiles. Naval Group CANTO decoys launched from two Naval Group Contralto-S countermeasures launchers provide the S-BRs with anti-torpedo capability.

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Scorpene Fitted with Naval Cruise Missiles, a Gamechanger for Poland

(Source: Naval Group; issued Dec 07, 2018)

The French offer is built on a strategic partnership between France and Poland to deliver the military and industrial autonomy that Poland requires.

The Polish Scorpene equipped with naval cruise missiles will be the most powerful conventional submarine in NATO, with combat capabilities equivalent to those of the French SSN Barracuda.

The French Embassy in Warsaw denied in an official statement the press articles that falsely claimed that France had withdrawn its support to the offer proposed by Naval Group and MBDA for the ORKA programme.

The French authorities reaffirmed their full support to the providing of a naval deep strike capability to Poland through the French offer that includes Scorpene submarines fitted with naval cruise missiles.

Naval Group and MBDA remain fully committed to propose the best possible offer to the Polish authorities for the Orka programme.

We are awaiting the final decision of the Polish authorities to launch this strategic project in the framework of the new Armed Forces Technical Modernisation Plan. Our plan to cooperate on the long term with the Polish naval industry meets Polish authorities’ ambition to revitalize the Polish shipyards.

A strategic partnership

The deep strike capability is a very strategic military asset, which is reserved to very close and trustful allies. Such technology can be obtained only through government to government discussions.

The French Authorities proposed to Poland such a strategic agreement to provide Poland with the full autonomy of use of the naval cruise missile (NCM). Only a handful of countries over the world operate a deep strike capability. No other country but France can offer Poland such a strategic asset along with its freedom of use.

The Polish-French cooperation also includes a reinforcement of Navy to Navy cooperation, and technical assistance from the French Procurement Agency (DGA) to the MON all along the ORKA contract to reduce risk on the program and ensure the success of the program.

Spearheading NATO’s effort

Naval Group proposes to help the Polish Navy become NATO’s most powerful conventional submarine fleet. With our solution, Poland will acquire a credible military capability that will strengthen its position within NATO

The transfer of technology from Naval Group to Poland will reinforce the autonomy of the Polish authorities by allowing national construction and maintenance of the submarines over their whole life cycle.

An ambitious local content plan

Naval Group signed a cooperation agreement at the end of November 2017, defining the perimeter of the industrial cooperation to be implemented if Naval Group is selected in the ORKA competition.

Our cooperation plan goes beyond the ORKA program to include the participation to the production of additional Scorpene platforms in Poland. More than 100 Polish companies will join Naval Group’s worldwide supply chain. The industrial cooperation will generate 2,000 jobs in Poland over a period of 15 years.

The benefits from the transfer of technology and from the cooperation with Naval Group will strengthen the Polish naval industry and generate work for Polish shipyards and Polish workers on the long term, contributing to the revitalization of the shipyards.

In case of a government to government acquisition procedure, the contract could be finalised within a year, thus industrial activities could start in Poland in 2019.

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Navy Launches Submarine Riachuelo

(Source: Brazilian Ministry of Defence; issued Dec 15, 2018)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


Nine years after signing a contract with France’s DCNS shipbuilding group (now Naval Group), Brazil on Dec 14 launched Riachuelo, the first of four license-built Scorpene diesel-electric submarines. Three more will follow every 12 to 18 months. (NG photo)

ITAGUAÍ, RJ) --- Riachuelo, the first submarine built by the Submarine Development Program (Prosub), was launched on Friday, Dec. 14. The ceremony took place in the Naval Complex of Itaguaí, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro.

The event was attended by the President of the Republic, Michel Temer; the president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro; the Minister of Defense, Joaquim Silva e Luna; and the Navy commander, Admiral Eduardo Bacellar, among other civil and military authorities.

The solemnity of the occasion demonstrated the significance of the project for our country. In addition to the personalities, employees of the company responsible for the construction of the submarine, Itaguaí Construções Navais, and the crew honored the first time the boat touched the waters of the ocean.

In opening the ceremony, the president of Itaguaí Construções Navais, André Portalis, pointed out that "Riachuelo is a combination of French technology with the needs of the Navy. We have succeeded in this partnership to accrue concrete gains. "

With 72 meters in length, six meters in diameter and 1,870 tons, the submarine, decorated with the colors of the Brazilian flag, was christened by the First Lady, Marcela Temer, who asked that the vessel and the sailors who are to embark be blessed.

After several presentations regarding the origin, assembly and completion of the Riachuelo, the launch elevator was activated jointly by President Temer, his successor, Commander Leal Ferreira, and the future Minister of Mines and Energy, Admiral Bento Costa Lima. To be lowered into the sea, the boat was placed on a platform measuring 110 meters, which was lowered 10 meters from the pier by means of 34 winches. The maneuver, which took about half an hour, was carried out by more than 70 people.

President Temer emphasized that the country is moving steadily towards the construction of the nuclear-powered submarine, thanks to the acquisition of high-tech expertise, which is employed not only in the military. "It also brings benefits in the fields of energy, medicine and science. Prosub is not only a fundamental element of our defense strategy. It is also an integral part of our technological development policy, "he said.

For Minister Silva and Luna, in addition to the program to strengthen the national economy with the qualification of labor and the generation of jobs, it will makes Brazil remain in the select group of countries capable of building submarines. "If much has already been done, much is yet to come. Prosub goes beyond this release, something that requires perseverance, continued effort and recognition," he said.

Trial period

Among those who celebrated the event was electrical technician Sérgio Fernandes, 49. He worked on activating Riachuelo's batteries and said attending the launch event was gratifying. "I come from work, so this is different from all the activities I've worked on, it's a different world, too exciting. The people look ready and know that participated, is very cool, "he said.

After this first contact with the ocean, the submarine will go through a series of tests before starting its first submerged mission. "We all celebrate this symbolic ceremony as one of the greatest milestones of Prosub. We celebrate this achievement for Brazilian society," said the Navy's commander.

After all the tests, which will last for about two years, including at sea, the submarine will finally be incorporated into the Submarine Force, subordinate to the Commander-in-Chief of the Brazilian Fleet.

With a crew of 35, 70 days of autonomy at sea and capable of diving to depths of over 300 meters, the construction of Riachuelo generated 5,000 direct jobs and 12,500 indirect ones.

The submarine is the first in a series of four conventional and one nuclear submarine that the Navy will build through Prosub.

The purpose of this production is to protect the 3.5 million square kilometers of territorial waters, and guarantee Brazilian sovereignty at sea.

"It is a great satisfaction to lead a crew that is very well prepared and will operate a very modern, technologically upgraded submarine and will certainly increase greatly in our ability to defend the Blue Amazon," said the commander of the mission, Corvette Captain
Edson do Vale.

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Launching of the Riachuelo, the First Brazilian Scorpène Submarine

(Source: Naval Group; issued Dec 14, 2018)

This morning, the Brazilian Navy launched its first Brazilian-built Scorpène submarine, the Riachuelo. The ceremony took place at the Itaguaí Navy base in presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil and of the elected President.

A strategic Brazilian-French partnership

In 2009, Naval Group was entrusted by the Brazilian Navy with designing and transferring the technology for four conventional Scorpène submarines, and for the design and manufacturing assistance for the non-nuclear part of Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine. The contract also included the support for the construction of a naval base and a shipyard in Brazil.

The Prosub program is a key extension of the strategic defence cooperation agreement signed in December 2008 in Rio de Janeiro.

The launching of the Scorpène Riachuelo in presence of the Brazilian head of state today demonstrates the success of this program, with both the successful completion of the first submarine and of the shipyard’s infrastructure. The latter is being built by a Brazilian company, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht (CNO), based on Naval Group specifications and on the French group’s experience in the design, production engineering and in-service support of submarines.

The Riachuelo will start sea trials in 2019 for delivery in 2020. Delivery of submarines 2, 3 and 4 will then follow every 12 to 18 months.

Strengthening the Brazilian industrial base

Since 2012, Naval Group has done considerable work to identify, select, negotiate, qualify Brazilian service providers in order to:

-- feed the supplier database for equipments or products supplied by Naval Group to the
Brazilian Navy; and
-- present and qualify local suppliers for the future needs of the Brazilian Navy.

This work enables the Brazilian Navy to rely more and more on a sovereign national industrial base.

It also enables the Brazilian industrial ecosystem to access new markets by promoting their “Naval Group” and “Brazilian Navy” accreditation (whose image of excellence and seriousness is highly regarded in Brazil) and to avail of the know-how and experience of the French group in the fields of project management.

Finally, ICN (Itaguaí Construções Navais) will be able to call on this panel of suppliers for its own development as part of the future maintenance and support services of the submarines.

The Scorpène, a success story on export markets

Scorpène is the conventional submarine designed by Naval Group for the export market. It demonstrates both Naval Group's ability to deliver best in class submarines and to conduct successful transfers of technology. Today 14 Scorpène submarines are in operational service or being built, for the Chilean Navy (2 units), the Malaysian Navy (2 units), the Indian Navy (6 units) and the Brazilian Navy (4 units).

The Scorpène design is adapted to fit each navy’s specific requirements. Thus, the Brazilian Scorpène will be slightly longer to carry a larger crew, almost double the patrol range, and be able to cover greater distances.

Scorpène is ideally suited for action and operational effectiveness. Robust and enduring, it’s an ocean-going submarine also designed for shallow waters operations. Multipurpose, it fulfils the entire scope of missions such as anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, special operations, offensive minelaying and intelligence gathering. Integrating improvements from French Barracuda-Class fast-attack submarine, Scorpène has cutting-edge capabilities.

Brazilian Scorpène’s characteristics
-- Surfaced displacement: 1,600 - 2,000 t
-- Length, overall: 72 m
-- Submerged speed > 20 kts
-- Diving depth > 300 m
-- Autonomy > 45 days
-- Crew: 35
-- Weapons total payload: 18
-- Weapon tubes: 6
-- Operational availability at sea > 240 days per year

Naval Group is a European leader in naval defence. As an international high-tech company, Naval Group uses its extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources and capacity to arrange innovative strategic partnerships to meet its customers’ requirements. The group designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships. It also supplies services to shipyards and naval bases. The group reports revenues of €3.7 billion and has a workforce of 13,429 (data for 2017).

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[*] posted on 18-12-2018 at 07:18 PM


So … not really that hard is it?

2009, contact signed.
2018, first boat in the water with follow ons every 12 – 18 months. How many subs have the Brazilians built previously?

9 years from 2018, would be first boat in the water 2027 with perhaps 4 operational by 2035. And let's not even talk about their SSN solution. :no:
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South Korea completes preliminary design for second batch of KSS-III submarines

Gabriel Dominguez, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

28 December 2018


A computer-generated image provided by DAPA showing the preliminary design of the second batch of KSS-III submarines for the RoKN. Source: DAPA

South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has completed the preliminary design phase for the second batch of KSS-III (also written as KSS-3) diesel-electric submarines for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), the country’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 26 December.

The shipbuilder began working on the boat’s design in July 2016, and is expected to begin building the first of these submarines, which are expected to feature enhanced capabilities for underwater operations, in the second half of 2019, said DAPA.

The new submarines are set to be equipped with locally developed lithium batteries, which store considerably more energy than lead-acid batteries, as well as with advanced sonar and weapon systems designed to enhance the boats’ target detection capabilities and overall survivability.

DAPA did not mention how many boats will be part of the second batch, but the first batch features three submarines, the first of which – Dosan Ahn Chang-ho – was launched by DSME on 14 September. It is therefore likely that the second batch will also consist of three boats.

DAPA said that 80% of the components expected to feature in the second batch will be made by South Korean companies, whereas only 76% of the components used for the first batch came from local firms.

No further details were revealed about the approved preliminary design for the second batch.

The KSS-III programme is part of a wider push by the South Korean government to improve the RoKN’s subsurface warfare capabilities.

The platforms will represent a significant improvement in terms of range, endurance, and firepower compared with the smaller Chang Bogo-class submarines that they will progressively replace.

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Algeria unveils new ‘Kilo’-class submarines

Jeremy Binnie, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

10 January 2019


The two new Project 636 ‘Kilo’-class submarines pictured at the Mers el-Kébir naval base. (Algerian Ministry of National Defence) The two new Project 636 ‘Kilo’-class submarines pictured at the Mers el-Kébir naval base. (Algerian Ministry of National Defence) Algeria has commissioned two new submarines, the Ministry of National Defence announced on 9 January.

The commissioning took place during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Ahmed Gaïd Salah to the Mers el-Kébir naval base. The submarines are called Ouarsenis (031) and Hoggar (032).

The Russian media reported in February 2014 that Algeria had ordered two new Project 636M ‘Kilo’-class boats from Admiralty Shipyards in St Petersburg.

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Indonesia moves forward with talks for three more Type 209 submarines

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

11 January 2019


A model of an Indonesian Type 209/1400 submarine on display at Indo Defence 2018. Source: IHS Markit/Ridzwan Rahmat

Key Points

- Indonesia is edging closer towards acquiring three more diesel-electric submarines from South Korea
- The country has been studying several vessel types for the requirement, but considerations of commonality and maintenance costs have led to the current frontrunner

Officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Defence are currently in negotiations with state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL and South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for a follow-on order of three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines.

A series of verifications carried out by Jane's since early January 2019 with multiple industry and government sources has confirmed that the negotiations pertain to workshare arrangements that can be undertaken for each vessel and South Korean defence credit programmes that can be utilised to fund the acquisition.

Should it materialise, the contract, which includes a support and training package across all three submarines, is expected to be worth approximately USD1.2 billion.

Indonesia signed a USD1.1 billion deal for three Type 209/1400 submarines with DSME in December 2011. Two boats under the contract have been delivered, while a third vessel is currently awaiting launch at PT PAL's premises in Surabaya. The first submarine was commissioned in August 2017 as KRI Nagapasa (403).

As indicated in initial points of discussion seen by Jane's , the first boat that will be in the follow-on contract, which will be the fourth vessel in Indonesia's Nagapasa class overall, will be assembled at DSME's facilities in Okpo, South Korea. However, PT PAL will construct two of the boat's six modules in Surabaya, while DSME will build the remaining four in South Korea. Once ready the Indonesian-built modules will be shipped to Okpo for assembly.

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Russia to acquire bathyscaphes for its special operations

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The Russian Navy appears to be planning to buy 6 transparent bathyscaphes, aimed to be used for underwater special operations.


Russian bathyscaphe (Picture source : Today Online)

Initially, the bathyscaphes have been developed by the Malakhit Design Bureau by an order from the Russia's gas company Gazprom, in order to inspect and troubleshoot underwater pipelines.

However, nowadays, the Main Department of Deep-Water Studies of the Russian Defense Ministry has shown its interest to purchase this vehicle (for an amount of $US 15 million) and to provide it to its special forces for submarine operations, which would take place simultaneously in the Northern, the Pacific and the Black Sea fleets (at least 2 vehicles per fleet)

The batyscaphes are to be fitted with various manipulators and sensors and to accommodate 3 crew members. It will also be able to support operations during 24h without interruption and will be capable to reach depths down to 2,5 km.
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Indian MoD approves indigenous construction of six SSKs

Rahul Bedi, New Delhi - Jane's Defence Weekly

01 February 2019

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-deferred INR400 billion (USD5.62 billion) Project 75(I) programme aimed at locally building six diesel-electric attack submarines (SSKs) featuring an air-independent propulsion and land-attack capability.

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, cleared the construction of the boats on 31 January under the Strategic Partnership (SP) category of the MoD’s Defence Procurement Procedure 2016.

The SP category entails a domestic private-sector manufacturer entering into a collaborative venture with an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) – following MoD approval – to locally build defence equipment to further the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative.

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Naval Group and Royal IHC Present Their Strategic Partnership for the Netherlands Submarine Replacement Programme

(Source: Naval Group; issued Feb 07, 2019)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands --- Royal IHC and Naval Group signed their agreement to become core partners in the bid for the Netherlands submarine replacement project. Together they form a robust core team in which both partners bring in their complementary experience and expertise in designing and manufacturing complex maritime and defence systems.

This partnership is an important step in building an excellent group of companies with the best capabilities to design and build the new submarines while sustaining and further developing the Dutch maritime cluster and submarine capability for the coming decades.

Naval Group is a leading international submarine expert with a proven track record in building submarines through industrial cooperation with local experts, for example in Australia, Brazil or India. IHC is a worldwide operating integrator of complex vessels and systems with a long-standing experience in delivering highly capable complex vessels with integrated equipment. With this partnership, the two industrial players combine their complementary expertise to propose the best solution to the Royal Netherlands Navy.

Naval Group would define the submarine design with the Dutch authorities, while Royal IHC would be appointed to perform the construction and outfitting of the end product leveraging the Dutch maritime sector.

This agreement is fully in line with Naval Group’s vision of industrial cooperation and at the same time fully matches the objective of the Defence Industry Strategy that has been recently published by the MOD. Furthermore, it is designed as a stepping stone to allow maximum involvement of the Dutch maritime cluster.

“Naval Group aims for a long-term presence in the Netherlands and has built a robust network of over seventy Dutch industrial partners. We have been engaging actively with the Dutch industry and knowledge centers for over a year and a half and have reinforced our local footprint with several important milestones such as the creation of Naval Group subsidiary in the Netherlands. Today, we are joining our strengths together with Royal IHC to support the Netherlands MOD getting the most capable submarine responding to the specific needs of a first-rank NATO partner.” declared Hervé Guillou, Naval Group Chief Executive Officer during the ceremony of signature.

Dave Vander Heyde, CEO of Royal IHC, adds that “Royal IHC is pleased to partner with Naval Group not only due to its extensive track record in building submarines, but also given the values our companies share; we are committed, reliable, can offer the best value product and we are extremely well placed to include a strong Dutch content base. Having these shared values as part of our DNA, we are confident that together we are able to offer the best solution for the Netherlands Submarine Replacement programme.”

Mark van Rooij, Naval Group Netherlands Chief Executive Officer added: “Forming this core industrial partnership is part of our long-term commitment to the Netherlands. Our partnership’s main focus is to offer the best technical and cost-effective solution to the Netherlands. The industrial cooperation programme contemplated by Naval Group is expected to support the overall Dutch economy for the next decades. Our ambition is to use, enhance and preserve a comprehensive submarine knowledge basis in the Netherlands.”

Over the next months, Naval Group and Royal IHC will reinforce their partnership with the review of building sites in the Netherlands and by engaging in an ongoing dialogue with Dutch industry partners.

Naval Group is a European leader in naval defence. As an international high-tech company, Naval Group uses its extraordinary know-how, unique industrial resources and capacity to arrange innovative strategic partnerships to meet its customers’ requirements. The group designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships. It also supplies services to shipyards and naval bases. The group reports revenues of €3.7 billion and has a workforce of 13,429 (data for 2017).

Royal IHC enables its customers to execute complex projects from sea level to ocean floor in the most challenging of maritime environments. We are a reliable supplier of innovative, complex and efficient equipment, vessels and services for the maritime, offshore, dredging and wet mining markets. From our head office in the Netherlands and with 3,300 employees working from sites and offices on a global basis, we are able to ensure a local presence and support on every continent.

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Indonesia enters final stages of negotiations for another three-submarine contract with DSME

Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - Jane's Navy International

14 February 2019

Key Points

- Indonesia is close to signing a contract for three more Type 209 submarines with DSME
- Jakarta has been studying several vessel types for the requirement, but is now inclined towards the South Korean option given commonality with earlier boats


A cross-sectional model of an Indonesian Type 209/1400 submarine on display at Indo Defence 2018. (IHS Markit/Ridzwan Ramat)

Indonesian officials have entered the final stages of negotiations for a follow-on order of three Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarines with South Korean company Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME), and an agreement is expected in the next few months.

Industry sources, who have been updating Jane's on the progress of these negotiations since early January 2019, said that if all goes well a formal contract for the boats may even materialise by the end of February or early March.

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