German, Norwegian Navy to fit Type 212CD subs with Kongsberg’s navigation systems

Active sonar suite and bottom navigation technology from Norwegian tech firm Kongsberg Maritime has been selected for installation on Type 212CD class submarines for both the Norwegian and German navies.

Illustration. German Navy file photo of Type 212 submarine U36

The contract was awarded through a comparative and thorough process governed by Kongsberg Thyssen Atlas JV (kta naval systems) and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) with other vendors.

Image by Kongsberg

The technology package consists of SA9510S MKII mine avoidance and navigation sonars (MANS) plus a bottom navigation system (BNS) containing EM2040 MIL multibeam echo sounders and an EA640 echo sounder suite. These sensors provide valuable input to kta naval systems’ ORCCA navigation system to enable safe, indigenous submerged operation of the submarines.

ORCCA is the first of its kind in combining maximum adaptability with the highest level of IT security. It enables operators to conduct an integrated data analysis from a wide range of systems onboard via one multifunctional console – and this in results in rapid, well-informed decision-making processes, according to the company.

This contract is an important confirmation that KONGSBERG’s knowledge, experience and past performance in underwater acoustics have made this Norwegian-made underwater technology a world-leading development for both the commercial and defence segments,” said Thomas Hostvedt Dahle, Director of Sales for Naval Sonars, KONSGBERG.

As a former submariner I’m proud to take part in this program, and will look forward to supporting submarine operations for many years to come.”

German company ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) revealed the design of Type 212CD submarines built for Germany and Norway in August this year. The procurement organizations of Germany and Norway signed a contract with TKMS for the construction of six Type 212CD submarines in July 2021.

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