Yesterday, a contract was signed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), Kiel, a company of ThyssenKrupp Technologies, and MarineForce International LLP (MFI), London, for the delivery of six material packages for the construction of Class 214 submarines to Turkey.
The six submarines to be equipped with an air independent propulsion system based on the HDW fuel-cell technology will be built by Gölçük Naval Shipyards (GNSY) near Izmit. The shipyard has already built 11 Class 209 submarines for the Turkish Navy.
By placing this order, Turkey is another country to equip her navy with this at present most modern air independent submarine type. There will then be 36 submarines with HDW fuel cell propulsion systems in operation world-wide.
Dr. Olaf Berlien underlines the importance of the new major order: "HDW’s position as world market leader in the sector of non-nuclear submarines will be further strengthened. The contract safeguards not only jobs at HDW, but also several hundred jobs at subcontractors all over Germany for some time to come."
The contract was signed in Ankara in the presence of the Turkish Defence Minister Mehmet Vecdi Gönül, the Chairman of the Executive Board of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG Dr. Olaf Berlien, the Executive Board Member of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the German Ministry of Defence Thomas Kossendey and the Chief of Naval Staff Vice-Admiral Wolfgang E. Nolting.
ThyssenKrupp Technologies is an international manufacturer of high-tech plant and machinery. On the basis of world-leading market positions and innovative system and engineering capabilities, it supplies systems, facilities, specialized machinery and components together with associated services.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: According to Turkey’s Anatolia news agency, Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat has said the submarines would be co-produced with maximum local content at Golcuk Naval Shipyard in Kocaeli, Turkey. The contract is valued at about $3.5 billion.
Defence Minister Vecdi Gonul has also stated that Turkish industrial participation in the project would be worth around 80 percent of the total value of the deal.
As the Turkish Type 214 will have a significant amount of Turkish indigenous systems on board, this variant of the Type 214 will be known as the Type 214TN (Turkish Navy).
HDW will preassemble structural and mechanical parts of the submarine in Germany, or classified elements such as the fuel cells and propulsion system and will then ship them to Turkey.
All electronic and weapon systems, including sensors, communications, and data processing systems, will be of Turkish design and production.)