Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has lately landed a series of international submarine components contracts from Korea, Italy and Columbia.
‘In December 2008, ThyssenKrupp-owned company Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) received a contract from Korea for the delivery of six material packages to build Class 214 submarines. The contract was made between the HDW/ Marine Force International (MFI) consortium and the South Korean procurement authority DAPA (Defense Acquisition Program Administration). It will provide Korea with a second batch of boats in this successful class of submarines. In late 2008, Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, under license from HDW, delivered three Class 214 submarines to the DAPA. Each submarine had a displacement of 1,700 tonnes and had a length of 65 metres. The vessels have a combined diesel-electric and fuel cell propulsion system. Equipped with ultra-modern sensors and an integrated Command and Weapon Control System, the vessels are optimally suited for reconnaissance and surveillance tasks. After studying the tenders produced by national Korean shipyards, DAPA selected Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to build the first boat of the second batch. Submission of tenders for the second boat is due to take place in summer 2009.