Now, the Dutch build the new all-purpose weapon of the German Navy

The German Navy will receive four new multi-purpose battle ships of the MKS 180. The budget Committee of the Bundestag approved last week, of six billion euros

Now, the Dutch build the new all-purpose weapon of the German Navy

The German Navy will receive four new multi-purpose battle ships of the MKS 180. The budget Committee of the Bundestag approved last week, of six billion euros for the largest naval order of this kind in the history of the Bundeswehr.

"German-Dutch project" to the "Wishes of the German Navy"

The ships are to be regarded in the Navy as a "General purpose weapon". A leader is a shipyard in the Dutch "ladies", the construction itself will take place at Blohm and Voss in Hamburg. The major contract has already before the start of construction impact on the German yard's landscape. There was criticism of the surcharge for a foreign company. The shipyard in Kiel, the German Naval Yard as an aggrieved candidate wanted to sue. As the German Partner in the project, the Bremen-based Lürssen shipyard, the owner of Blohm and Voss is involved.

About 80 percent of the investment should remain as value-added in Germany. "The construction of the vessels is carried out at Blohm and Voss in Hamburg, but also in other German shipyards in Bremen, Kiel, and Wolgast," - said in a Statement on the shipyard site. About 100 small companies from Germany were involved in the project. Design and development remain, however, of the Dutch company.

"I am convinced that we will build with the MKS 180 'project is a high-quality frigate, which corresponds to the Wishes of the German Navy. It is a German-Dutch project", said Hein van Ameijden, Director of Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding. In addition, around 70% of the electronic application systems on the French technology company Thales provided, however, from the sites in Kiel and Wilhelmshaven.

IG Metall criticises and. fears for the German system of ability

The Federal policy is pushing for a Long time that the German Navy shipyards join forces and Europe-wide competitive They welcomed, therefore, in may, the announcement of Lürssen and German Naval Yard, its naval shipbuilding to merge. The shipyard in Kiel was their lawsuit threatening to fall. In front of the largest German naval shipyard ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) in Kiel, whose specialty is boats, the construction of U-remains for the time being.

For the IG Metall district head, Daniel Friedrich, nevertheless, a difficult Situation: "The Problem is that with the allocation to ladies the system is at risk of competitiveness of German ship-building enterprises in such projects." This is the "future viability of the shipyards" in question. The Federal government should urge, therefore, once again, on a stake of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

"Many things right": in praise of the Opposition

The multi-purpose combat ship MKS 180 is to be able to monitor from anywhere in the world for a long time great Seeräume and rescue emergency, German citizens from crisis situations. In the North Atlantic or the Mediterranean sea it should be able to prevail in sea battles against other ships of war of its kind, and U-boats.

The ship, whose length is specified with approximately 155 metres of two years in the field of application can remain. The 110-strong crew will rotate every four months. The ship is to be equipped with built-in modules for different military missions, such as submarine-hunters, or as a floating base for Anti-piracy missions.

Even from the Opposition praise came in for the project. "The Europe-wide tendering and award procedure has lasted for a very long time, during the contract, the Ministry has, however, apparently a lot of things right," said defence expert Tobias Lindner (Green).

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Updated Date: 23 June 2020, 22:26

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