“One family. worldwide.deep down” was the motto of the 7th International Submarine Conference SubCon 2019, which took place from 3 to 5 September 2019 under the patronage of Norbert Brackmann, member of the German parliament and Maritime Coordinator of the Federal Government of Germany. The three-day conference hosted by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems served as an exchange about innovations, their applications and experiences in the use of submarines between navies and industry from around the world. Dr. Rolf Wirtz, CEO of thyssenkrupp Marine Systems explained: “The conference was a great success; the fantastic exchange between the participating navies from all over the world and in addition with the manufacturers about the requirements on hardware and software is an incomparable added value of the SubCon – for all its participants. Moreover, I am particularly proud that we introduced the new Combat System for our submarines named ORCCA. What we have accomplished there in one-and-a-half years is clear proof of our strength as a system house”

The Combat System, developed by the thyssenkrupp-Kongsberg Joint Venture, kta naval systems, is currently the most modern system for non-nuclear submarines on the market due to the combination of maximum adaptability and highest IT security. thyssenkrupp Marine Systems’ new developments in the field of fuel cell, lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery, additive manufacturing, cyber security and the use of virtual/augmented reality to support customers in the maintenance of boats at their own shipyards were presented at the conference. The programme also included expert lectures by thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and its industrial partners on, among other things, submarine designs, modernisation and maintenance, propulsion technology, sonar and communication systems, stealth, torpedo developments and digitisation.

SubCon 2019 welcomed over 350 guests from Germany and abroad, including representatives from 20 navies and procurement agencies. (Photo: thyssenkrupp Marine Systems)

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