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Denel to work with Thyssenkrupp on submarine and frigate upgrades

FrigateAs Denel gets ready to revive the Naval Dockyard facilities in Simonstown, the company is collaborating with Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) for joint support of the SA Navy frigates and submarines.

Denel, a South African state-owned aerospace and defence technology conglomerate established in 1991, and tkMS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on board the SAS AMATOLA, in Rostock, Germany.

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The cooperation is based on the recognition of the critical importance of the operational availability of the South African Navy Fleet at all times.

Denel’s Maritime division will take responsibility for maintenance and upgrades on three Heroine Class submarines (SAS MANTHATISI, SAS CHARLOTTE MAXEKE AND SAS QUEEN MODJADJI) and four Valour Class Frigates (SAS AMATOLA, SAS ISANDLWANA, SAS SPIOENKOP AND SAS MENDI).

The vessels were commissioned by the SA Navy between 2005 and 2008.

The agreement creates a framework in which tkMS, the original manufacturer of the submarines and frigates, will provide technical and shipyard support as subcontractors to Denel.

It will include quality assurance and procurement, on-site technical support, the transfer of technology and the development of the local supply chain. The training of Denel’s technical personnel will take place in Germany.

As the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the South African Navy (SA Navy) MEKO A-200 frigates (Valour Class) and the SA Navy 209/1400mod submarines (Heroine Class), tkMS will provide general support with regard to the Dockyard operations, infrastructure, and maintenance.

In addition, the company will provide technical support for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the frigates and submarines in the Dockyard, with all activities focused on ensuring that the SA Navy ships are able to spend maximum time protecting South Africa’s maritime territory.




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