MKS 180: Cooperation Between Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems and German Naval Yards
MKS 180: Cooperation Between Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems and German Naval Yards
(Source: Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems; issued August 8, 2018)
Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems and German Naval Yards Kiel have entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement for the further bidding process in the MKS 180 multi-role combat ship procurement project for the German Navy.

Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems: “We are bringing our decades of experience and expertise in naval shipbuilding to this partnership. We will strengthen the German Naval Yards bid in particular through the know-how of our engineers in integrating on-board systems of all kinds and their experience with the intensive use concept, a key requirement for the MKS 180 frigates. Our joint bid will secure the preservation of naval surface shipbuilding as a key technology for Germany.

The awarding of the contract to German Naval Yards would secure jobs not only at our company but also to a significant degree at other German suppliers.”

German Naval Yards Kiel is participating in the MKS 180 award procedure as a general contractor. On the basis of the cooperation agreement, if German Naval Yards Kiel were to win the contract Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems would perform a substantial share of the required development and engineering work as a subcontractor.

In a next step it is expected that the German defense procurement agency BAAINBw will send the remaining bidders in the MKS 180 award procedure a precise specification for the naval vessels and request a best and final offer (BAFO). On this basis Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems and German Naval Yards Kiel will work together to submit a convincing best and final offer. A final decision in the award procedure is not expected before 2019.


Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading system suppliers for submarines and naval surface vessels. The company has a history of naval shipbuilding that dates back centuries and offers state-of-the-art technologies, innovations and extensive and dependable services to customers around the world.

The Industrial Solutions business area of Thyssen Krupp is a leading partner for the engineering, construction and service of industrial plants and systems. Based on more than 200 years of experience we supply tailored, turnkey plants and components for customers in the chemical, fertilizer, cement, mining and steel industries. As a system partner to the automotive, aerospace and naval sectors we develop highly specialized solutions to meet the individual requirements of our customers. More than 21,000 employees at over 100 locations form a global network with a technology portfolio that guarantees maximum productivity and cost-efficiency.

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