Norway will partner with Germany to acquire four new submarines according to the Norwegian Minister of Defense, Ine Eriksen Søreide.
The minister added that a Norwegian-German strategic partnership for purchase and lifetime management for four new submarines will be established.
The partnership will not be limited to the purchasing process, but will extend to areas of cooperation like training, joint exercises, spare parts, and cooperation of the industries of Norway and Germany.
“Submarines are among the Norwegian Armed Forces’ most important capabilities and is of great significance for our ability to protect Norway’s maritime interests,” stated the Norwegian Minister of Defense.
“It is important that we have found a strategic partner that we can build a broad and long lasting cooperation with.
“This lays a good foundation for the long-term relations we need to maintain a credible submarine capability in the future. Submarine cooperation with Germany will ensure that Norway gets the submarines we require … .” he added.
The submarines will be based on the 212-design already in service in Germany and Italy.
Norway currently fields a fleet of six Ula-class conventional submarines that will reach the end of their service life by mid- 2020 to 2030 and will be decommissioned.