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German F127 frigate programme moves to next phase, while Dutch say still open to joint procurement

1st September 2023 - 11:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

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An early F127 concept drawing from DSNS. The company aims to follow its success in securing Germany's F126 frigate programme. However, the BAAINBw has confirmed it is looking at the TKMS A400 design as its base requirement. (Photo: DSNS)

The initial analysis for the first stage of Germany’s Next Generation Frigate – Air Defence (NGFrig-AD, F127) programme has been completed, while Dutch shipbuilder Damen has reasserted the Netherlands' interest in a joint procurement.

A spokesperson from the German BAAINBw defence procurement organisation has told Shephard that the ‘Capability Gap and Functional Requirement’ (FFF) phase document was approved on 23 February, which allowed the NGFrig-AD F127 project to transfer to a second stage of analysis.

The second phase is 'Part 2 of the armament procedure "Customer Product Management" (CPM), with the aim of producing one or, if necessary, several proposed solutions (LV) by III/2024,' the spokesperson said, adding that the project schedule is determined by the need to preserve air defence capabilities for the German Navy, currently provided by Sachsen-class (F124) frigates.

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