Deutsche Werft GmbH (HDW), a company of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG, and MarineForce International LLP (MFI) have been awarded a contract for the delivery of six material packages to build Class 214 submarines for Korea. The contract was signed between the HDW/ MFI consortium and the South Korean procurement authority DAPA (Defence Acquisition Program Administration). Under the terms of the contract the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) will receive the 2nd batch of Class 214 boats. DAPA selected Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering to build the first boat of this batch.
The request for proposals to build the second boat is to be issued to Korean shipyards in summer 2009.
All six boats will be equipped with an air independent propulsion system on the basis of the fuel cell technology. The 2nd batch of Class 214 for the Korean Navy represents a further development of the already proven overall design for the first three boats. The new submarines will be almost identical to the 1st batch
boats, which were ordered in 2000 and all three of which were built/are being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries.
The first two boats of this class were delivered to the Korean Navy in December 2007 and 2008. The boats’ measurements are about 66 m in length and 13 m in height. They have a displacement of approx. 1,800 t and accommodate a crew of 27. The contract further underlines the position of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems as worldwide market leader in the field of non-nuclear submarines.
It safeguards not only industrial core capabilities and jobs at the two ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems locations in Kiel and Emden but also several hundred jobs with subcontractors all over Germany for the coming years.