Shipbuilder DCNS Expects "Severe" Competition in Norway's Submarine Tender

Shipbuilder DCNS Expects 'Severe' Competition in Norway's Submarine Tender

PARIS — DCNS anticipates a tough competition in Norway’s prospective tender for attack submarines, with a selection expected in mid-2018, senior executives of the French naval shipbuilder said. 

“We will fight like dogs,” DCNS Chairman and CEO Hervé Guillou told reporters Wednesday. “Competition will be severe”. 

The Norwegian Defence Ministry in April picked DCNS of France and Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) for its short list of potential suppliers for a submarine fleet to replace the Ula-class boat. Norway is expected to send out “technical specifications” in early 2017, with a response due at the end of 2017, and a “decision in mid-2018,” DCNS Marketing Director Eric Chaplet said. 

DCNS will offer its diesel-electric Scorpene submarine, adapted to meet specific Norwegian requirements. 

When asked about Poland, Guillou said  relations between Paris and Warsaw may be strained but that DCNS does not involve itself in political issues but rather pursues commercial interest in the pitching of its submarines.