Unique balanced collaboration leads to replacement Walrus class

Saab and Damen want to build replacement submarines for the Dutch Walrus class, in a balanced cooperation between the Netherlands and Sweden.

The evolutionary design of these new submarines is based on Sweden’s decades of experience in designing and building submarines. Since 1960, Sweden has developed six classes of submarines and modernized five existing classes for various countries. The pressure hull modules will be produced in Sweden, after which the complete assembly and integration of each submarine will take place in Vlissingen. Thanks to the unique modular structure of the new submarines, various subprojects can be completed by the Dutch maritime cluster; as a result, companies and institutions from all over the Netherlands will be involved in the construction. The final phase of submarine assembly, as well as maintenance and modernization throughout the vessels’ lifetime, will take place in Den Helder.

This project is of great importance for the Dutch naval industry. As in earlier submarine maintenance and modernization projects, this initiative will generate many high-quality jobs for skilled Dutch workers. Companies involved in construction will therefore continue to innovate as long as the new Dutch submarines are in service – in the case of current Walrus class, innovation has been going on for more than 35 years!

Watch this video for a detailed explanation of this project.

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