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The Netherlands selected Naval Group, Saab and TKMS as shortlisted companies for the next phase of the Submarine Replacement Program, pushing Navantia out. “Naval Group is thankful to be one of the designers selected for this strategic programme,” the company announced. “Naval Group looks forward to entering an in-depth technical cooperation with DMO to conduct this joint-design phase in close association with the involved stakeholders.”

Dave Vander Heyde, CEO Royal IHC, added: “Building a large Dutch submarine alliance with industry and knowledge institutes in the Netherlands is essential for strengthening the Netherlands Defense Technology & Industrial base. By transferring Naval Groups knowledge to MoD, Royal IHC and other partners, the Netherlands will be able to carry out its core tasks autonomously. We look forward to further intensify our cooperation with Naval Group, and invite other Dutch companies to join!”

Dorothee Frank