In June 2020, Damen and the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) signed the contract for the design and construction of four MKS 180 multi-purpose combat ships for the German Navy. In December, the ship type was renamed Frigate Class 126 (“F126”).
Damen is fulfilling the order as the main contractor together with its partners Blohm+Voss and Thales, and many German suppliers. The ship design is to be provided by Damen in the Netherlands, Thales is responsible for the weapon control and command system, and the four initial ships will be built at Blohm+Voss in Hamburg as well as in Wolgast and Kiel. The first ship is scheduled to be handed over to the German Navy in 2028.
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