Denel, TKMS sign South African naval MoU
Denel and ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on support to the South African Navy, Denel announced on 11 March.
The MoU covers frigates and submarines of the South African naval fleet, including the three Heroine class submarines and four Valour class frigates.
As the original manufacturer of the submarines and frigates, TKMS will provide technical and shipyard support as subcontractor to Denel. It will provide quality assurance and procurement, on-site technical support, the transfer of technology and the development of the local supply chain. Training of Denel's technical personnel will take place in Germany.
TKMS will also provide general support for operations, infrastructure, and maintenance at the naval dockyard facilities in Simonstown, along with technical support for maintenance, repair and overhaul of the frigates and submarines.
Zwelakhe Ntshepe, acting CEO of Denel, said: 'This is a major breakthrough for the South African maritime sector as Denel becomes responsible for specialist services on some of the world's most-sophisticated submarines and frigates.
'These vessels are the sharp end of South Africa's naval forces and the primary protectors of our coastline against possible intruders and illegal incursions into our territorial waters.'
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