The TKMS Meko-300 and Babcock Arrowhead 140 frigates on final in Poland

The Polish Navy has traditionally been the poor relation of the Warsaw Defense effort. To date, it has only 13.000 soldiers, and a limited number of ships, including only 2 OH Perry class frigates acquired second-hand from the US Navy in the early 2000s, and a single submarine. Kilo class out of operational service inherited from Soviet times. However, the country has nearly 650 km of coastline on the Baltic Sea, a strategic location for controlling access to this semi-open sea which hosts many critical infrastructures for the country and for Europe. The country has…

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With the Type 212CD, the German TKMS wants to design the first truly stealthy submarine

Since the beginning of the 70s, a technological race has taken place between the designers of more and more efficient passive sonar, and the manufacturers of submarines, who were seeking to produce more and more discreet submersibles, i.e. say radiating as little mechanical or man-made noise as possible. Gradually, anti-submarine warfare saw the famous "bang" of active sonars made famous by many films, replaced by high-sensitivity hydrophones, increasingly efficient computer signal processing algorithms, and the famous "golden ears", very awkwardly honored in the film "Le chant du loup".…

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Type 214, Scorpene, Yuan: how do modern conventional submarines perform? - Part 1

With the return of international tensions in the early 2010s, the role of attack submarines rose considerably for the world's navies. A new generation of conventionally powered attack submarines is now entering service, often fitted with anaerobic modules extending their diving range and offering increased performance and enhanced offensive capabilities. A dozen models today share this often critical market for many navies. In this article, we will present the first 5 models (alphabetical classification by country), to understand their performance and advantages. A second article will present the last 5 models. Germany: Type 212…

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German shipbuilding industry consolidates around Lürssen and GNY Kiel, while TKMS approaches Fincantieri

Since the beginning of the year, the consolidation of the German naval defense industry has been one of Berlin's priorities, as we mentioned in a previous article. While many hypotheses were raised, it would finally seem that the consolidation of the German naval industry is taking place around the Lürssen group, based in Bremen, and the German Naval Yards shipyard in Kiel, a subsidiary of the international holding company Privinvest. This event then seems to isolate TKMS, a naval subsidiary of the giant ThyssenKrupp, which had sold its surface ship construction activities (and therefore GNYK) to Privinvest in 2011 in order to focus on submarines, retaining only…

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The 3 German Defense shipyards unite to face the national and international challenges to come

The German press recently revealed that Berlin has been seeking for several months to consolidate its naval industry in order to create a single national champion capable of competing with the French Naval Group, the Italian Fincantieri, even the Spaniard Navantia. This merger, which has since been confirmed by German industrialists, seems to be a reaction to the award of the development contract for the MKS-180 frigates to the Dutch company Damen last January. For the moment, the merger mentioned in Germany would concern three companies. Logically, we would find ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), a German giant in the construction of military ships and submarines based in Hamburg. The current deal...

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Does the call of Hervé Guillou, CEO of Naval Group, for an “Airbus Naval” appeal to European manufacturers?

Since the start of discussions for a rapprochement between the French Naval Group and the Italian Fincantieri, two of the main European naval defense groups, a notion has come up repeatedly, that of creating “a naval Airbus”. And on the occasion of his short speech worth assessment preceding his departure, Hervé Guillou, president of Naval Group since 2014 and who will indeed leave this position in favor of Pierre-Eric Pommellet, once again called on the European naval defense industry to come together and consolidate, in order to be ready to face competition from countries like South Korea, Turkey, Russia and especially the…

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The award of the MKS180 contract to the Dutch Damen will be challenged in court

Obviously that was to be expected. The industrial group German Naval Yards Kiel (GNYK), partner of TKMS in the competition aiming to design and manufacture the heavy frigates of the MKS 180 program for the German Navy, arbitrated in favor of the offer of the Dutch shipyards Damen associated with the German group Blohm+Voss, announced that it would challenge this decision in court. TKMS being in competition with Naval Group and a partnership between Damen and the Swedish Saab for the replacement of the Walrus submarines of the Royal Netherlands Navy, it therefore appears unlikely that it will join this action, which explains why it is his partner, GNYK,…

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India launches program to build 6 underwater AIP Project 75 (i)

The Defense Acquisition Board, or DAC, has approved the construction of 6 attack submarines identified as Project 75(i). The new submarines will have to have anaerobic propulsion (AIP), increasing the autonomy in diving of the submersible. In addition, they will have to have vertical launch silos for Brahmos supersonic missiles. Naval Group, which is currently building the 6 project 75 submarines based on the Scorpene model, is obviously among the contenders for this contract, as well as the German TKMS, the Japanese Mitsubishi, and Russia with the Lada program. The 6 new submersibles will be built in India, like the 6 Scorpènes, in accordance with the “made in…

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Germany will supply 3 additional Dolphin submarines to Israel

The German government has agreed to the delivery of 3 additional Dolphin-class submarines to the Israeli Navy, a €2 billion contract. These new submarines will be 12 meters longer than the 3 previous ones, to receive an Air Independent Propulsion module, or AIP, to increase the submarine's diving autonomy by up to 3 weeks. According to the navyrecognition article, Israel would have nuclear vectors that could be used by these submarines, making it a weapon of "second strike", or, in more common terms, of revenge. In view of Germany's constant and systematic dithering over arms exports, one can…

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The Netherlands is invited to join the partnership between Germany and Norway for its submarines

Norway's defense minister said the Netherlands would be welcome to join the Type212 NG submarine program, which emerged from the partnership between Germany and Norway. The Navy of the Netherlands is currently conducting a preparatory phase for the launch of a call for tenders aimed at replacing its Walrus-class submarines, dating from the 80s. As a reminder, Norway has ended the tender procedure of offer which opposed the Scorpene of DCNS and the U212 of TKMS, to accept the offer of strategic partnership of Germany in order to jointly design and build an improved version of the Type212 submarine, the German Navy undertaking to order…

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