German K130 warships get VTOLs – 75 knots, Sea State 3 landing

BERLIN, ($1=0.91 Euros) — The German company ESG Elektroniksystem & Logistik GmbH has successfully fulfilled its contract with the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology, and Support of the German Armed Forces [BAAINBw], learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing DefenceTurk.

German K130 warships get VTOLs - 75 knots, Sea State 3 landing
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The contract included the supply of 3 Sea Falcon unmanned aerial vehicles for the K130 series corvettes of the German Navy. As part of the Naval Surveillance and Identification Area [AlmEG] project, the capacity to monitor corvettes will be significantly increased. In the future, thanks to Sea Falcon, objects far beyond the scope of onboard sensor equipment will be able to be detected and identified.

One unmanned aerial vehicle system consists of two Skeldar V-200 unmanned aerial vehicles, an onboard control station, the necessary equipment, and spare parts. The design of the Sea Falcon is based on the design of the Skeldar V-200, manufactured by the Swedish UMS Skeldar AB. It has a maximum take-off weight of 235 kg and a payload of 40 kg.

The vehicle, which can remain in the air for up to 5 hours, can reach a top speed of 75 knots [138 km / h] and can land/take off autonomously on the ship’s deck in winds of up to 20 knots [37 km / h] and in “Sea State 3” conditions. Thanks to the integrated sensor in the unmanned aerial vehicle, as well as optical and infrared (IR) instruments, the control station receives real-time visualization and information.

German K130 warships get VTOLs - 75 knots, Sea State 3 landing
Photo credit: DefenceTurk

In the project, AImEG ESG assumes overall responsibility for the industrial side of the contract as the general contractor and service maintenance company. The complete service is provided in cooperation with the highly committed industrial partners of ESG: UMS Skeldar AB as a manufacturer and supplier of the vehicle, NVL BV & Co. KG [formerly Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG], and CUONICS GmbH as a developer and manufacturer of avionics components.

Braunschweig class corvettes or K130

The Braunschweig class corvettes of the German Navy [K130] were designed and manufactured by the Class 130 consortium led by Blohm + Voss. The main mission of the five ships built is surveillance, reconnaissance, participation in surface targets, humanitarian missions, countering asymmetric threats, and working mainly onshore.

In addition to the advanced integrated monitoring and control system [IMCS] with more than 7,000 measurement points, the platform has a radar cross-section [RCS] without hot spots, which injects seawater into the horizontal exhaust ducts, reducing the infrared [IR] signature. There is a reduced design of the case.

German K130 warships get VTOLs - 75 knots, Sea State 3 landing
Photo credit: DefenceTurk

The contract for the first five ships was awarded in December 2001 to Blohm + Voss, then owned by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, Nordseewerke, and Friedrich Lurssen Werft. Braunschweig, the first ship built at Blohm + Voss, was launched in April 2006 and entered service in April 2008.

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