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Norway to decide soon on supplier of new submarines

Staff Writer | December 3, 2016
Norway is likely to make a final decision in coming weeks on whether to buy French or German submarines for its military, Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said.
Ine Eriksen Soereide
Defense industry   Norway in April narrowed its choices
Norway in April narrowed its choices for an order of four submarines to France's naval contractor Direction des Constructions Navales Services (DCNS) or Germany's ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

A final decision on a supplier for the new submarines would pave the way for the government to submit a proposal to the Norwegian Parliament for its approval sometime in the spring.

"We are going to, I hope in the not too distant future, make a final decision on buying submarines," Soereide told Reuters in an interview ahead of the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in California. "Those will be German or French."

She said a decision was expected in coming weeks, or possibly the beginning of next year, depending on whether all questions had been answered by the two potential suppliers.