ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems Chosen for Collaboration in Support of the South African Navy
(Source: ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems; issued March 14, 2017)
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a leading global system provider for submarines and naval surface vessels, has been chosen for a collaboration in the South African maritime sector.

Denel, a global supplier of world-class defense products and solutions, and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems signed a respective Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”). The two companies intend to combine their skills and experience to contribute to the rejuvenation and growth of the South African maritime industry. The scope of the collaboration includes ship-repair, shipbuilding, naval systems and marine services.

As the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the South African Navy (SA Navy) for the MEKO A-200 frigates (Valour Class) and the SA Navy 209/1400mod submarines (Heroine Class), ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems plans to support Denel to achieve its goals with the SA Navy and Simons Town Dockyard. The Dockyard is located in Cape Town, South Africa, and the main maintenance and repair location for the SA Navy.

In terms of the MOU, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will provide general support with regard to the Dockyard operation, infrastructure, and maintenance, as well as technical support for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the frigates and submarines in the Dockyard, with all activities focused on ensuring that the SA Navy ships are able to spend maximum time protecting South Africa’s maritime borders.

Zwelakhe Ntshepe, acting GCEO of Denel SOC Ltd: “We are delighted to partner with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The collaboration between our two companies will go a long way towards ensuring maximum operational availability of the South African Navy ships.”

Mr. Ismail Dockrat, CEO of Denel Integrated Systems and Maritime adds: “It’s an honor to be able to work alongside their team. Denel will gain from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ extensive experience and capability in the maritime industry.”

Dr. Peter Feldhaus, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems: “We have been consequently expanding our service portfolio to become the partner of choice over the entire life cycle of naval vessels and submarines. We are therefore especially proud to collaborate with Denel.”


Denel SOC Ltd is a state-owned commercially-driven company and strategic partner for innovative defence, security and related technology solutions. It groups together several defence and aerospace divisions and associated companies. Denel provides turn-key solutions of defence equipment to its clients by designing, developing, integrating and supporting artillery, munitions, missiles, aerostructures, aircraft maintenance, vessel repair and maintenance, unmanned aerial vehicle systems and optical payloads based on high-end technology. Its defence capabilities date back more than 70 years when some of Denel's first manufacturing plants were established.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is one of the leading European system providers for submarines and naval surface vessels. Around the world, the company stands for marine competence, innovative technologies and comprehensive and reliable service. With locations in Kiel, Hamburg and Emden, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is a business unit of the Industrial Solutions business area of the ThyssenKrupp Group.

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