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07-02-2009, 05:06 PM
Turkey Inks Sub Deal With German Consortium
Published: 2 Jul 2009 15:15

ANKARA - The Turkish government sealed July 2 a $3.5 billion contract with a German consortium for the co-production of six U-214-class submarines.

Last summer, Turkey's Navy had moved to stick to its German traditions, with the NATO ally selecting a consortium led by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) over French and Spanish rivals for a 2.5 billion euro contract for joint production of six modern U-214-class submarines. The consortium's other members are TKMS and MFI.
A high-profile event was held in Ankara for the signing ceremony, including Thomas Kossendey, German federal deputy defense minister; Ambassador to Ankara Eckart Kuntz; the Federal Navy commander, Vice Adm. Wolfgang Nolting; Turkish Defense Minister Vecdi Gonul; chief procurement officer Murad Bayar; and the Turkish Navy commander, Adm. Metin Atac.
The Kiel-based HDW, a Thyssen Krupp unit, had come first in an international competition for the Turkish submarine contract, but disputes over price and local content recently marred contract negotiations. In recent months, Ankara and HDW were negotiating how to integrate certain Turkish systems into the submarines, and the potential effect of that on price.

Under the Turkish modern submarine program, the non-nuclear vessels will be built at the military-owned Golcuk Shipyard. The submarine program will form Turkey's largest defense modernization project after a planned $11 billion deal to buy 100 next generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters for the Air Force.

Ankara hopes the new U-214 submarines would enter service in 2015. This is two years later than the original schedule drawn up when the program was launched a few years ago.

Defense officials said that Turkey's local defense industry would make a "considerably high contribution" to the submarine program and that the indigenous industry would obtain "good know-how."


07-10-2009, 02:31 AM
German boats are pretty dangerous to mess with. Even the older ones like the Type 203 and the Type 209 were hard to find unless you caught them snorkeling.

07-10-2009, 11:45 AM
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