The German Naval Yards (GNY) shipyard group announced on 8 August that it would co-operate with former competitor ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) to bid for the German Navy’s future MKS 180 multirole combat ship programme. GNY and TKMS agreed that the latter would act as subcontractor for the project. The only remaining competitor is Blohm + Voss, which is bidding with Dutch shipyard Damen.
The German Navy has a requirement for four MKS 180s worth EUR3.9 billion (USD4.5 billion), with an option for two more. The German Navy expects the new ships to enter service by the beginning of 2023.
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