Next-Generation Optronics Suite for German-Norwegian Submarines

New Type 212 CD submarines being procured by Germany and Norway are to be equipped with HENSOLDT’s dual-mast visuals suite By DA Reporter / 19 Jan 2022
U212 CD Submarine

In an order worth over €50 million, the optronics division of HENSOLDT will equip the German-Norwegian submarine project U212 CD with a fully digital sensor suite.

The order from kta naval systems, a consortium of Kongsberg, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Atlas Elektronik, comprises six optronic systems consisting of an OMS 150 optronic mast system, an OMS 300 and an i360°OS panoramic surveillance system for each of the six submarines of the Norwegian and German navies. With the twin optronic mast solution, the navies will benefit from a completely hull-penetrating digital system solution instead of the conventional, traditional direct view of a periscope system.

“This combination provides the new submarines with sensor equipment that combines the highest detection capabilities even in poor visibility with a high degree of automation, thus significantly improving the boats’ ability to act and survive,” said Andreas Hülle, HENSOLDT Optronics Managing Director.

The combination of OMS 150 and OMS 300 is being commissioned for the first time for the U212 CD class. The OMS 150, in its multispectral version, will be used as a search and surveillance optronic mast. The OMS 300 stealth optronic mast takes over the ‘attack’ function. With the OMS 300, the developers at HENSOLDT have created an optronic mast that is difficult to detect visually and via radar, which significantly increases the safety of the crews. This multispectral optronic equipment provides the crew with the best visibility in all light and weather conditions, as well as a very wide range of operations. 

With this order from kta, HENSOLDT Optronics is further expanding its research and development in the field of optronic masts at the Oberkochen site.

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