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Company News, 2007-06-26, 03:25 PM

Contract for the construction of four frigates signed

On Tuesday, June 26, the contract between the Federal Office for Defence Technology and Procurement and ARGE F125 for building four Class 125 frigates was signed. ARGE F125 consists of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a company of ThyssenKrupp Technologies, leading ARGE F125 and Fr. Lürssen Werft.

On ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems' side, the locations Hamburg (Blohm + Voss) and Emden (Nordseewerke) will be involved in the design, construction and delivery of the frigates. Delivery of the first unit is scheduled for 2014.

Main tasks of the Class 125 frigates will be the leading and conducting of stabilization operations within the framework of multi-national operations and the defence against asymmetric threats.

With the Class 125 frigates, the German naval shipbuilding industry will once again prove its internationally outstanding competence in the integration of state-of-the-art technologies. The new type of frigates, for instance, will allow a deployment period of up to two years in the operation area. Compared to previous vessels, the regular crew on the Class 125 frigate is halved. Two rotating crews will be exchanged every four months. Thus, frequent intensive transfer trips between Wilhelmshaven and the area of operation will no longer be required.

The F 125 project will both strengthen the defence technology abilities in Germany and secure the basic utilization of the yards of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. Alongside the shipyards that are directly involved, about 800 subcontractors will also be involved in the project through ARGE F125. About 80% of the overall value will be produced in Germany.

Main characteristics:

Overall length: 143.00 m
Breadth: 18.40 m
Draught: 5.00 m
Full-load displacement: 6,800 t
Propulsion power: 32,000 kW
Speed: >26 kn
Range: 4.000 nm at 18 kn

ThyssenKrupp Technologies is a manufacturer of high-tech plants, components and machinery based on a strong history full of innovative expertise.

In more than 240 locations worldwide we develop with our highly motivated and competent workforce high-tech plants and components as well as leading edge technology in the maritime sector. Furthermore we supply associated services and systems tailored to the needs of our customers. We deliver innovative system and engineering competence and reach leading world market positions.

Our target is the development of innovative products with a high value to the customer. Therefore we aspire market and technology leadership in high-capacity business areas.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems AG, with its head office in Hamburg, Germany, is part of ThyssenKrupp Technologies AG within the ThyssenKrupp Group. Since 2005 it has been the umbrella organisation for eight European shipyards – Blohm + Voss, Blohm + Voss Repair, HDW-Gaarden, Hellenic Shipyards, Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft, Kockums, Nobiskrug, Nordseewerke – and various marine engineering companies. With its technological competence, extensive portfolio and continuous innovations the corporate group, employing around 8,800 staff, is one of the leading systems houses in European shipbuilding.

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