ThyssenKrupp offers new submarines and corvettes to the German Navy amid Ukraine invasion

According to information published by Reuters on 21 June 2022, in the context of the invasion of Ukraine, the German company TKMS (ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems) is proposing to the German Navy the purchase of new equipment, such as the Type 212 CD submarines or the K130 corvette.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Signature for the construction of six Type 212CD submarines for German and Norwegian Navies. (Picture source: TKMS)

About the Type 212CD submarine

The Type 212CD class (for Common Design) is a submarine class developed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for the Norwegian and German navies. The class is derived from the Type 212 submarine class but will be significantly larger than the 212 class.

The submarines will be based on, but nearly twice the size of the current Type 212A class and features a new stealth design - the hull will be diamond-shaped to deflect emissions by the active sonars common on modern anti-submarine warfare (ASW) ships.

Just like the Type 212A, the submarines will be fitted with a hydrogen fuel cell-based air-independent propulsion system, although they will receive two (MTU 4000 series) diesel engines instead of one. The overall endurance is to be increased as well.

A new combat system ("ORCCA") to be developed by kta naval systems, a joint venture between TKMS' naval electronics division Atlas Elektronik and Norwegian manufacturer Kongsberg will be installed on the boats and is claimed to allow the analysis of larger amounts of sensor data as well as to improve interoperability with allied forces. The first batch of German Type 212 submarines already uses the Kongsberg-developed MSI-90U Mk1+ combat system.

About the K130 Braunschweig class corvette

The K130 Braunschweig class (sometimes Korvette 130) is Germany's newest class of ocean-going corvettes or for the force projection capability "Offshore patrol vessel" (even without a Battleship commander according to the Germany Navy Norms).

The Braunschweig class corvette has a length of 89.12 m (292 ft 5 in), a beam of 13.28 m (43 ft 7 in), and a draft of 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in). They will reach a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph).

They feature reduced radar and infrared signatures ("stealth" beyond the Sachsen-class frigates) and will be equipped with two helicopter UAVs for remote sensing.