01.06.2016 - IHS Jane's International Defence Review
TKMS has been developing designs for a vertical multi-purpose payload tube for the Type 214
The 2.1 m diameter tube would be inserted between the control and engine rooms
German shipbuilding house ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has revealed a concept for inserting a vertical payload tube into the design of the Type 214 diesel-electric submarine (SSK).
In what appears to be a new development, Peter Hauschildt, head of product management for TKMS, told a briefing at the UDT 2016 defence and security exposition in Oslo, Norway, on 1 June that, within a number of weapons configuration options being evolved for the Type 214, the company has been developing designs for placing a vertical multi-purpose launch tube in the middle of the submarine.