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The letter of intent for joint procurement and operation of six identical submarines in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the German and Norwegian Armed Forces is (by a program agreement between the Federal Office for equipment, information technology and use of the armed forces on September 10, 2018 BAAINBw ) and the Norwegian procurement agency NDMA (Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency) have been clarified. The strategic partnership includes not only the purchase of identical submarines, but also cooperation in training, operations, maintenance and support of the new submarines.

Through the program agreement, Germany has, inter alia, required to carry out parts of the planned repair of submarines in Norway. A future operating organization will be occupied by two nations and furnished in connection with a new maintenance hangar in Haakonsvern.

The program agreement is a major milestone on the way to the final bid by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), which is expected by the end of October. Seven years after the launch of the supply contract (scheduled 2019) a submarine to be delivered per year. Norway has earmarked a budget of 4.4 billion euros for its four submarines.

Programmvereinbarung - Norwegisch-Deutsche Marinekooperation

Gerhard Heiming