German frigates F126 will receive 8-cell MK 41 VLS ESSM Block 2

BERLIN, ($1=0.88 Euros) — Damen Naval has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin for MK 41 Vertical Launch System [VLS] in support of the project for the German frigate F126, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenseTurk.net. Thus, Lockheed Martin will support the construction of new frigates built for the German navy.

German frigates F126 will receive 8-cell MK 41 VLS ESSM Block 2
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The contract in question includes the production and supply of 2 8-cell MK 41 VLS Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile [ESSM] Block 2 modules, as well as engineering studies and ancillary equipment for 4 ships.

Damen Naval is familiar with the MK 41 VLS system used in the design of the Dutch Air Defense and Command Frigate [ADCF] and various other export projects. Both the German and Royal Navy use this system. It also has more than 25 years of history with the German navy, including the MK 41 VLS system, F123 Brandenburg, and F124 Sachsen frigate projects.

The Any Weapon / Any Cell design allows the MK 41 VLS system to launch any integrated missile, providing maximum flexibility. With more than 14,000 deployed on more than 150 ships worldwide, the MK 41 VLS cage is proven by 4,500 operational / test fires and more than 99 percent operational availability.

With this system, the F126 frigate will be able to operate in the most complex maritime operational areas, along with other systems and sensors onboard.

German frigates F126 will receive 8-cell MK 41 VLS ESSM Block 2
Photo credit: DefenceTurk.net

MKS 180 [Mehrzweckkampfschiff 180] is a class of frigates designed to replace Brandenburg-class frigates for the German Navy. The ships will be the largest surface warships to join the German navy since World War II. The class will enter service as the frigate type 126 or F126, continuing the nomenclature of the German navy.

Damen Naval, together with its partners Blohm Voss and Thales, built 4 frigates class F126. The first of these ships are planned to be put into service by the German navy in 2028.

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