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Naval Technology

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world’s leading naval system providers. Our submarines, naval surface vessels and maritime defense equipment are known for their technological excellence, reliability and longevity. Beyond that, we supply prime know-how and reliable services during the entire operational lifetime of submarines and naval vessels.

Our naval surface vessels, such as the Blohm+Voss Class 123, 124 and 125 frigates, as well as the Blohm+Voss MEKO® Class corvettes and frigates feature robust, modular, innovative designs, proven in decades of naval service around the world.

We also lead the naval world in non-nuclear submarines with our HDW Class 209, 212A, and 214 submarines. With over 100 years of submarine experience and cutting-edge technologies (including mission-proven, fuel cell based air-independent propulsion), we have provided highly capable, stealthy submarines to over 20 customer navies operating in the most extreme environments of the world.

Experience counts

Our long lasting experience in executing large projects in customer’s country.

Since the merger of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) and Blohm+Voss Naval in January 2013 and acquisition of Atlas Elektronik in April 2017, our Marine Systems brand stands for more than 175 years of cutting-edge technology and engineering expertise. As a private-sector company, we are particularly focused on efficient, reliable and sustainable solutions as well as on long-term partnerships with our customers.

Since 1982, 82 MEKO® corvettes and frigates have been delivered to Navies in 14 different nations, 37 built outside Germany, and all these vessels are still in full operation – offering a lifecycle of more than 40 years.

Long-term relationship with Brazil

Built at thyssenkrupp’s shipyard in Kiel, Germany, and incorporated into the Brazilian Navy in the late 1980s, the first Tupi-class submarine marked the beginning of the German company's relationship with the Brazilian naval defense sector. After this first submarine, four other units – Tamoio, Timbira, Tapajó and Tikuna – were built at the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro based on the design and technology of thyssenkrupp. These vessels are in operation and are of fundamental importance for patrolling the Brazilian coast.

A broad concept of Transfer of Technology (ToT) and Knowledge for the Brazilian Navy, for the Navy Arsenal as well as for the sector involved in the Brazilian shipbuilding industry was implemented at that time. It was the first Brazilian Navy's project within the strategy "Design, Construction and Repair" cycle.

Together with Embraer, thyssenkrupp is forming the Águas Azuis Consortium, a solid national partnership with proven capability to retain the transfer of technology and ensuring its development for the CCT (Corvette Class Tamandaré) Program and future strategic defense projects in Brazil.

Águas Azuis Consortium offers a true Brazilian solution that brings high-skilled jobs and technology to the country, strengthening the local defense industrial base.

Tupi-class submarine: built at thyssenkrupp’s shipyard in Kiel, Germany, and incorporated into the Brazilian Navy in the late 1980s.
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