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Builder:
Type:
Planned:
18
Completed:
10
Commissioned:
Complement:
27
Displacement:
1450 t
Submerged displacement:
1830 t
Length:
57.2 m
Beam:
7 m
Propulsion:
  • 1 * MTU 16V 396 marine diesel engine
  • 9 * HDW/Siemens PEM fuel cells, 30–40 kW each (U31)
  • 2 * HDW/Siemens PEM fuel cells each with 120 kW (next units)
  • 1 * Siemens Permasyn electric motor 1700 kW
  • 1 * shaft
  • 1 * seven-bladed skewback propeller
Speed:
12 knots
Submerged speed:
20 knots
Range:
8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km; 9,200 mi) at 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph)
Submerged range:
420 nautical miles at 8 knots
Test depth:
250 m
Operating depth:
400 m
Electronics:
  • CSU 90 (STN Atlas DBQS-40FTC) sonar suite:
    1. TAS-3 passive low-frequency towed array sonar (deployed from sail)
    2. FAS-3 passive low-, and medium-frequency hull-mounted flank array sonar
    3. MOA 3070 mine detection sonar
  • Kelvin Hughes Type 1007 I-band navigation radar
  • EADS FL 1800U electronic warfare self-protection system
  • WASS hydrophones
  • Avio GAUDI autopilot and hydraulic systems
  • Kongsberg MSI-91 combat system
  • Torpedo defence system Tau 2000
  • Carl Zeiss SERO 14, with Forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and optical rangefinder periscope
  • Carl Zeiss SERO 15, with laser rangefinder periscope
Armament:
  • 6 * 533 millimetres (21 in) torpedo tubes (in 2 forward pointing groups of 3)
  • 13 * DM2A4 Black Shark torpedo
  • or IDAS missiles
  • 24 * external naval mines (optional)

The German Type 212 class, also Italian Todaro class, is a highly advanced design of non-nuclear submarine developed by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG (HDW) for the German and Italian navies. It features diesel propulsion and an additional air-independent propulsion (AIP) system using Siemens proton exchange membrane (PEM) compressed hydrogen fuel cells. The submarines can operate at high speed on diesel power or switch to the AIP system for silent slow cruising, staying submerged for up to three weeks without surfacing and with little exhaust heat. The system is also said to be vibration-free, extremely quiet and virtually undetectable.

Type 212 is the first fuel cell propulsion system equipped submarine series.

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