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Saab, Damen Jointly Pursue Submarine Contracts

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

January 20, 2015

Saab, Damen ink partnership agreement to pursue prospects in the international submarine market

Swedish defense and security company Saab has partnered with Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards to explore future opportunities in the international submarine market, signing an exclusive teaming agreement to work together in pursuit of the potential Walrus-class submarine replacement program for the Netherlands. Additionally, Saab and Damen will also explore ways in which they might bid jointly on other submarine procurement programs.

Through the acquisition of Kockums, Saab has experience in the design and manufacture of submarines and surface vessels for a global customer base, integrating advanced systems and using a range of ultra-modern materials and construction techniques. Key technology includes Saab’s unique Air Independent Propulsion System based on the Stirling engine. In addition, Saab delivers many complex defense programs in cooperation with governmental and commercial partners in customer nations worldwide. 

Damen delivers about 160 vessels annually and is known for its unique ship design concepts, due to its focus on research and development, standardization and modularization. Its defense and security portfolio includes vessels ranging in size from 7 meters to over 200 meters. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, established in 1875, supplies major surface vessels to navies worldwide. 

Hein van Ameijden, managing director of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, said, “We are convinced that with Saab we have found the ideal partner to realize a successor to the present Walrus class; a vessel that will set a new standard for non-nuclear submarines. The complementarily of both our companies opens up the potential for a successful cooperation in more submarine programs worldwide.”

Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab business area, Security and Defense Solutions said, “Saab Kockums is looking forward to cooperating with the experienced shipbuilders at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. We have the full support of our Swedish customer in broadening our customer base to include a new demanding high-end customer."


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