The Next Phase of the Germany-Norwegian Submarine Program


According to a July 7, 2021 story published by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, the German-Norwegian submarine program has moved to its next phase of development.

Today, the procurement agencies, Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) in Norway and Bundesamt für Ausrüstnung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) in Germany, signed the contract for new submarines together with thyssekrupp Marine Systems. In addition, the contract with Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace for new naval strike missiles was signed. The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence signed the agreement for industrial cooperation.

– An important milestone has been met in the strategic cooperation with Germany on new submarines. I want to give credit to those who have worked hard to keep the schedule and land the contracts and the agreement on industrial cooperation, Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen states.

The new submarines will be delivered from 2029 and will be in operational service into the 2060’s. The agreement on industrial cooperation signed will contribute to open up the German market for Norwegian defence industry. An event celebrating the cooperation between Germany and Norway will take place in Kiel after summer, and will include the unveiling of a model of the new, common submarines of the 212CD class.

Featured Photo: Director General Mette Sørfonden in Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency signing the contract July 8th 2021. Credit: Endre Lunde.

We discuss the evolution of Norwegian defense and key collaborative programs in their defense modernization in our book on the way ahead for European defense: