Norway completed an agreement with the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems on the contract for four 212NG (Next Generation/Norway-Germany) class submarines and naval missiles. The negotiations have been ongoing since 2017. The agreement also covers a joint effort to develop the Future Naval Strike Missile.
Though the negotiations were completed, the signing will be scheduled for the summer because it needs the German Parliament’s approval.
“I am very pleased that the negotiations are finished. The negotiations were completed last night. The contract has been completed but has not yet been signed. The German parliament must first approve it.” said Bakke-Jensen, Norway’s Minister of Defence.
The first submarine is scheduled to be delivered by 2029, three years later than initially planned. The project’s total cost is around $5.2 billion, which includes submarines, weapons procurement, implementation costs, and contingency provisions.
212NG (Next Generation/Norwegian-German) class submarines is an improved version of the 212A class submarines. These submarines will replace Ula-class submarines, which entered service between 1989 and 1992.
Second largest procurement of Norway
The purchase of submarines will be the second largest investment in new military equipment after 52 multi-role F-35A aircraft (deliveries in 2017–2025) in recent years. The territory of Norway includes (or is under Norwegian jurisdiction) large sea areas, including Arctic regions, strategically important from Oslo’s interests. Submarines that can operate for extended periods and large areas from hiding and have high firepower are important for Norway in its deterrence (Russia) strategy.
The further production of the 212NG subs with the participation of Norwegian companies for export to third countries and finding outlets for the future German-Norwegian combat management system or the new type of NSM anti-ship missiles.