Naval Warfare

Damen-led team selected to build German frigates

16th January 2020 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The German government has announced its intention to select Damen to build at least four MKS 180 Multi-Purpose Combat Ship frigates for the German Navy, pending parliamentary approval, the company announced on 14 January.

Damen will act as the main contractor, together with partners Blohm + Voss and Thales. The ships will be built at the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg and other shipyard locations of the North German Lürssen Group.

The MKS 180 project contributes to securing the export power and self-creation of both Dutch and German naval construction in the longer term.

According to Damen, around 80% of the total net investment will constitute added value in Germany. The same applies to the electronic application systems that will be supplied by Thales Nederland to its own design. Around 70% of the services will be provided by the German subsidiary of Thales and by other German subcontractors.

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