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Products and solutions, 2007-03-29, 02:49 PM

A new benchmark in corvette building

On March 29, 2007, a new corvette belonging to the new class K130 was launched and christened ERFURT in the presence of high-ranking guests from the Federal Ministry of Defence, the Federal Office of Defence Technology and Procurement, the German Navy and industry. The wife of the Lord Mayor of the town of Erfurt, Sysann Bausewein performed the launch, which took place at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ Nordseewerke Emden GmbH.

In the trail of her sister ships BRAUNSCHWEIG and MAGDEBURG, ERFURT is the third K130 corvette having been launched. Two further corvettes in this class are due to follow by 2008. The German Navy entrusted the building programme to ARGE 130, a work group consisting of two of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems’ shipyards - Blohm + Voss and Nordseewerke Emden - and the Bremen shipyard, Friedrich Lürssen Werft. Blohm + Voss, Hamburg leads the work group.

The new generation of corvettes adds still further emphasis to the prominence of German naval shipbuilding. The ships set new standards in matters of range, combat power and endurance and excel in technical equipment as well as in reduced operating costs.

Changes in the global security situation have occasioned new demands, also on the German Navy. The demands include an ever increasing number of foreign assignments in distant waters within the framework of multinational missions. Thanks to their unique qualities, K 130 type corvettes are set to play a highly significant role within NATO alliances.

Main characteristics:
Overall length: 89.12 m
Length DWL: 82.80 m
Moulded breadth, max.: 13.28 m
Breadth DWL: 12.44 m
Draft DWL: 3.40 m
Sea endurance without tender support: 7 days
Sea endurance with tender support: 21 days
Range: >2500 nm (approx. >4600 km)
Full-load displacement: approx. 1 840 t
Speed: >26 kn

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