German submarine, warship builder interested on AFP modernization

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Diversified German company Thyssenkrupp is interested to participate in the ongoing modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Thyssenkrupp’ shipbuilding arm, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, has expertise on building warships and non-nuclear powered submarines.

“We have very strong offering on defense side and if your government wants to grow that then definitely we are very interested to participate because partnership is even longer,” Thyssenkrupp Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Heinrich Hiesinger said, as quoted by Manila Bulletin.

According to Hiesinger, if given a chance to be part of AFP modernization, Thyssenkrupp will build ships in the Philippines using Filipino manpower to generate jobs. Thyssenkrupp may look for a local shipyard where they can construct.

“This is a sensitive topic. We never push because it is up for the government to make a decision. So we will just wait and if government makes a decision, we are standing aside because it belongs to sovereign decision of the state and country. If we are called, we very much respect the sovereign decision of the nation and country,” he noted.

According to Thyssenkrupp’s official website, Thyssenkrupp has supplied submarines to navies of 20 countries around the world. “Virtually no other company can match our experience in the design and construction of non-nuclear submarines,” it added.

“With a record of engineering excellence stretching back decades, Thyssenkrupp designs and builds naval surface vessels for diverse operations from coastal to open-sea, tailored in every detail to meet the high demands of our customers in terms of robustness, flexibility and fittings. Thyssenkrupp’s portfolio includes high-performance frigates and compact corvettes as well as special open-sea patrol ships and support vessels,” says in Thyssenkrupp’s official website.

Sources: https://business.mb.com.ph/2018/04/01/german-firm-keen-on-ph-defense-modernization/; https://www.thyssenkrupp.com/en/products/