Norway's six Ula-class submarines will reach the end of their service life after 2020. An ongoing study led by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently producing a basis for a decision between a life extension of the Ula class or a replacement program. A recommendation is expected in 2014.
An important part of this work, a comprehensive analysis on the feasibility of a service life extension of the Ula-class submarines, is being finalized in the coming months.
National and international expertise has been engaged in producing inputs to the process. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Germany have recently completed an extensive study on extending the lifetime and maintaining the relevance of the Ula-class, beyond 2020. In addition, Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace, various original equipment manufacturers and other suppliers have contributed with information. Furthermore, other navies have provided in-depth information on their experience from similar processes. The company British Maritime Technology (BMT) is tasked to review technical aspects and risks related to a life extension program. BMT’s experience from similar analyses will contribute significantly to the overall analysis on the feasibility of such a program.