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Submarine Rotterdam

NEDS 2020

Saab and Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group have joined forces to develop an expeditionary submarine for the Netherland´s Walrus Replacement Programme (WRES).

The Expeditionary Submarine builds on the capabilities of the Swedish A26, the Dutch naval cluster and puts into practice the experience of the Walrus-class submarines and Swedish designed Collins-class submarine in-service with the Australian Navy.

In addition, the Walrus replacement will also benefit from the operational lessons reflected in the Swedish Navy’s Mid Life Upgrades of two Gotland-class submarines and the walrus mid-life upgrade . As a result the Expeditionary Submarine will be equipped with state of the art technology whilst benefiting from de-risking on three submarine classes. Saab and Damen are thereby creating one of the most modern expeditionary submarines in the world, which if selected, will be done in consultation with the customer using a ‘design to cost’ approach.

Innovation and risk management

Optimal solution

Dutch participation


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With roots stretching back almost 150 years – to the Royal Schelde yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands – Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has a rich tradition in naval shipbuilding. Having delivered more than 400 vessels to customers all around the world, we are a trusted partner in the international marketplace, known for our role as full-service provider, or integrator, throughout the lifecycle of our products. While taking pride in our heritage, we are looking towards the future.

While we celebrate our success on the export market, with the recent contract for the design and build of the German Navy’s MKS-180 frigates and the delivery of the 10th SIGMA combatant, we are proud of our long tradition of serving the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN), the launching customer of eight successive generations of Damen Combatants. This relationship continues today with the contract to build the RNLN’s new Combat Support Ship and the new generation frigates for both the Netherlands and Belgium, and our preselection as one of the parties – along with partner SAAB – for the Walrus Class Submarine Replacement Programme.