Norway picks BMT Defence for submarine acquisition consulting

The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) has contracted BMT Defence Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, for consultancy services on the country’s submarine acquisition program.

According to BMT, the contract is a framework agreement through which BMT can either conduct stand-alone tasks or provide resources to address any shortfalls in capacity, capability or confidence within the organisations of key project stakeholders.

The company will provide initial support over a two-year period with an option to extend to five.

“BMT is extremely proud to have secured this framework agreement. We look forward to building on the excellent relationship we have with the NDMA, providing them with independent and trusted support for their new submarine project,” BMT Defence Services’ head of naval engineering, Tim Hardy, said.

As a replacement to the Ula Class submarine, the Norwegian government has selected ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems as the preferred bidder for four new submarines. The submarine design will be based on the Type 212A.

The German Navy which has been selected as a strategic partner will also procure two identical submarines.

BMT said it had previously supported the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation providing independent client advice on a variety of topics and issues relating to their submarine programs including feasibility studies into the Ula Class service life extension program.