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Braunschweig-class Corvette

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The K130 Braunschweig-class corvette (sometimes Korvette 130) is Germany's newest class of ocean-going corvettes. Five ships have replaced the Gepard-class fast attack craft of the German Navy. In October 2016 it was announced that a second batch with five more corvettes is to be procured from 2022-2025. The decision was in response to NATO requirements expecting Germany to provide a total of four corvettes at the highest readiness level for littoral operations by 2018, and with only five corvettes just two can be provided.

In May 2015 the Israeli government ordered four Sa'ar 6-class corvettes, whose design by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems will be loosely based on that of the Braunschweig-class corvette, but with engineering changes to render the baseline platform more militarily robust.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Corvette
  • Service Period: 2008-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 292 feet 5 inches (89.13 meters)
    • Beam: 43 feet 7 inches (13.28 meters)
    • Draft: 11 feet 2 inches (3.4 meters)
    • Displacement: 2,027.2 tons
  • Crew: 65 (1 commander, 10 officers, 16 chief petty officers, 38 enlisted)
  • Endurance: 7 days
  • Propulsion: MTU 20V 1163 TB 93 diesel engines producing 14.8MW, driving two controllable-pitch propellers
  • Range: 4,000 nautical miles (7,408 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/h)
  • Speed: 26 knots (48.15 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • TRS-3D multifunction radar
    • 2 navigation radars
    • MSSR 2000 IFF system
    • MIRADOR electro-optical sensors
    • Link 11 and Link 16 communications
  • Countermeasures:
    • SPS /KJS 5000 Electronic Countermeasures
    • SPS-N 5000 Electronic Support Measures
    • TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher x 2
  • Armament:
    • 1 x Otobreda 76mm/62-caliber Super Rapid naval gun
    • 2 x Mauser MLG-27 27mm autocannons
    • 4 x RBS.15 Mk.III anti-ship missiles
    • 2 x Mk.49 CIWS (fires (RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles)
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x Camcopter S-100

Unit Run[edit]

  • BMS Braunschweig (K260)
  • BMS Magdeburg (K261)
  • BMS Erfurt (K262)
  • BMS Oldenburg (K263)
  • BMS Ludwigshafen am Rhein (K264)
  • BMS Unnamed (K265) - planned for construction
  • BMS Unnamed (K266) - planned for construction
  • BMS Unnamed (K267) - planned for construction
  • BMS Unnamed (K268) - planned for construction
  • BMS Unnamed (K269) - planned for construction
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