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Three days, "one family. world wide. deep down. "This is the motto followed between the 3rd and 5th September, more than 350 domestic and foreign guests, including representatives of 20 navies, the 61 lectures given by experts from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and its industry partners. It was about Ubootdesign, modernization and maintenance, ship and drive technology, positioning and communication systems, stealth features, Torpedo developments, training (including simulation in training) - and of course artificial intelligence, cyber and digitizing found again. Not only for the patron of the event Norbert Brack man, MP, Federal Government Coordinator for the maritime industry, "the place to be," as he acknowledged in his opening address.

New developments were presented. Outstanding ORCCA and the fuel cell system of the fourth generation. There were multifarious information and reports: for example, on progress in battery systems (not only to lithium ion, but also to the traditional lead-acid batteries), with the integration of missiles and transfer systems of special forces, the Update on sensor and communication technology. Assisting clients in maintenance was handled as well as the security aspects in the operation or the use of submarines.

In contrast awaited news remained - about the Norwegian-German Ubootprojekt from U212 CD.

The use of submarines undergoing a conceptual break - it mutates from former lone wolf (a comparison to the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause tried) to the component of a network in which the different naval warfare involved. This, among other technical requirements are derived from - for example, to communication and antenna systems to ensure about the necessary bandwidth underwater.

ORCCA

ORCCA is to provide its users with an integrated analysis of data from the different systems on board a multifunction console. (Graphics: kta naval systems)

provide for the first time with ORCCA will naval kta system (a 2017 (between TKMS received is with ATLAS ELEKTRONIK) and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace joint venture for the common development of command and weapons control systems). The new development is designed to provide its users with an integrated analysis of data from the different systems on board a multifunction console. And enable an informed and quick action decision. A necessary during the life of adaptation to new technologies should be facilitated by a modular construction of the system units. As well as the integration of new technologies and the adaptation to new scenarios. What could be beneficial so that customers can continue to develop technologically and adapt to new requirements their equipped with ORCCA boats constantly. According to the company, the system is suitable for all submarine classes of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems - whether in new construction or as a retrofit.

Kathrin Rohloff, CEO of KTA naval systems, "ORCCA is the most advanced combat system for non-nuclear submarines in the market. We have brought together the expertise of our colleagues from Atlas Elektronik and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace and created a unique combat system. All future submarines thyssenkrupp we will be equipped with this highly integrated system. "ORCCA is upgraded to the submarines 212CD.

the fourth generation of the fuel cell

The fourth generation of the fuel cell was designed as a modular system that consists of redundant components to ensure maximum performance at all times. For storage of H2, the systems rely on Metallhydridzylinder that do not contain active components. The hydrogen molecules are stored in the crystal lattice of the hydride. Since the system, hydrogen is supplied in its purest form, no chemical conversion is required and the efficiency of the entire system remains very high. Unlike other AIP systems (such as something reformer, Stirling engines), which generate electricity by using a liquid fuel such as diesel oil carbon dioxide which has to be pumped out together with possibly other contained in the gasoline by-products such as sulfur, in the fuel cell by TKMS water, the only by-product. It is stored for balancing on board. TKMS points out that H2 is readily available everywhere where chemical industry is located - usually so each buyer country - and can be made environmentally friendly.

38 systems are already ordered seven Marines. "About another 10 systems we currently talk with customers." Said Philipp Schön, Head of Product Sales Submarines, TKMS.

SUBCON as a forum

Die von tkMS veranstaltete SubCon findet seit 1995 alle vier Jahre in der Schleswig-Holsteinischen Landeshauptstadt, dem Sitz der Werft statt. Zum Rahmenprogramm gehörte eine Kranzniederlegung am U-Boot-Ehrenmal in Möltenort. Mit dem eingeschlagenen Format einer Serie von Fachvorträgen umrandet von einer, wenn auch kleinen Fachausstellung der Industriepartner, wurde die Plattform für einen intensiven Austausch zwischen Angehörigen und Sympathisanten der tkMS-/HDW-Uboots-Familie geschaffen. Dem eigentlichen Hauptzweck der Uboot-Fachkonferenz, die in diesem Jahr zum siebten Mal stattfand. Soll doch nicht nur ein Update geliefert werden, sondern, aus Sicht tkMS mindestens ebenso wichtig, der Dialog mit den Kunden befördert werden. Der Inspekteur der Marine, Vizeadmiral Andreas Krause,  nutzte dies in seiner Rede am Abschlusstag mit dem Hinweis darauf, Boote zu bauen, die auch langfristig einsetzbar und bedienbar seien. Schließlich ließen die Verteidigungshaushalte eine häufige Regeneration derartiger Waffensysteme nicht zu. Und mahnte angesichts der komplexer werdenden Systeme an: „Bitte vergesst die Soldaten bei der Konstruktion nicht“.

Hans Uwe Mergener