Thursday, March 3, 2011

Sachsen Warship Class F124 Class Frigates Anti Technologie Surface Warfare

The Sachsen Class F124 has two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), Mk 31 launchers and two four-cell Harpoon missile launchers. The RAM missile from Raytheon and RAM Systems GmbH, is a fire and forget missile which provides short range defence against incoming anti-ship missiles including sea-skimming missiles The ship is fitted with two triple Mk 32 torpedo launchers and also has helicopter-borne long range lightweight torpedoes. The flight deck and hangar accommodate two NH90 helicopters.

The Sachsen Class F124-class frigates can also assume Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) employing two NH90 helicopters. These helicopters are accommodated in a hangar at the stern of the ship. The F124-class ships will be able to fire torpedoes. The propulsion system combines a gas turbine (23,500 KW) with two diesel engines (7,400 KW each) (CODAG). The ship design is an evolution of F123-class frigates.

The Sachsen-class F-124 frigates can launch Standard SM-2 Block IIIA, Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles (ESSM) against airborne threats and Harpoon missiles against surface ships. The 155mm MONARC artillery system could be installed on the F124-class frigates but it must be determined yet. MONARC would provide onshore attack capability to the new German frigates. 2 RAM systems and two 20mm guns have been provided for self-defense purposes as close-in weapons.


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