On 17 November our partner Naval group received the Request for Quotation (RFQ) for the Replacement Netherlands Submarine Capability (RNSC). After long preparation the programme has now entered the next phase.

In their press release Naval group stated:

“The Replacement Netherlands Submarine Capability (RNSC) project is an exciting endeavour for all involved as submarines are one of the most complex systems ever produced. The Netherlands MOD requirement as expressed for the RNSC require a top-end niche capability with unique expeditionary potential, a mission-flexible configuration and growth potential over the life-cycle. Naval Group strongly believes that a submarine solution from the Barracuda-family is the best answer to meet these requirements. 

Strategic autonomy is key to maintain the capability over the complete life-cycle, involving a longterm partnership in support of the Netherlands MOD together with the Netherlands Defence and Technological Base and knowledge centers. Naval Group has been working with Dutch industrial partners to leverage the expertise of the Netherlands submarine community and integrate existing knowledge. Several RFQs have been sent already in anticipation for the RFQ phase, based on the objectives set after a thorough dialogue with the Netherlands MOD.

The performance of the submarines relies upon very complex systems. Understanding these systems is one of the keys to the successful management of their life-cycle. This is why Royal IHC and Naval Group have signed an exclusive agreement on major submarine components as early as 2019. Since then, intense effort was invested in exchanging over the best industrial scenario for the Replacement Netherlands Submarine Capability program.

These exciting and challenging exchanges found their conclusion when Royal IHC released their first bid for the integration and production of submarine modules in The Netherlands. Naval Group has benefitted from IHC’s strong engineering expertise in order to make use of existing capabilities in The Netherlands. In parallel, several RFQs have been sent to suppliers and partners in anticipation of the RFQ phase, based on the objectives set after a thorough dialogue with the Netherlands MOD.

Naval Group is thankful and proud of this achievement and of the ability of its teams to work together with its Dutch partners to anticipate the bid phase. Naval Group is confident that this effort and commitment will serve as a cornerstone to its contribution to the RNSC program.”

Read the complete press release on the Naval group website. 

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