Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have jointly been commissioned to deliver the combat system of the German Navy K130 Braunschweig-Class corvettes.
The order comprises five corvettes as well as the Test and Training Centre (EZ/BUZ) in Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
The “FüWES K130” consortium formed by the two companies and led by Atlas Elektronik will deliver the combat system hardware and also adapt and update the existing Combat Management System (CMS) software of the first batch of five K130 Braunschweig-Class warships. The program is scheduled to be completed by 2025.
The contracted solution for second batch of five ships is identical to the original contract (2003) for the first-batch vessels. In line with the re-build requirement, changes in the solution are only related to obsolescence and compliancy with German regulations. Regulations regarding Safety and IT Security are significantly aggravated since commissioning the first batch of corvettes.
Although the industrial situation has changed over the past years, the existing K130 combat system knowledge is preserved within the companies concerned. For this reason, Atlas Elektronik will remain responsible for the operational software and Thales will remain responsible for an IT secure combat system infrastructure.
Commander Dietrich Esfeld (German Navy), Head of Project K130 at the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), stated that the corvettes of the Class K130 have already demonstrated their value in shallow water operations in the Baltic Sea as well as expeditionary operations in the Mediterranean for the German Navy.
Michael Ozegowski, CEO of Atlas Elektronik, and Dr. Christoph Hoppe, CEO of Thales Deutschland, emphasized: “This contract is a continuation of the long standing and successful cooperation between our companies on the German market. We are proud of this expression of trust: in close cooperation with the ARGE K130 and the German Navy, Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland – as two internationally leading system suppliers – will prepare these ships for the challenges of the years to come.”
K130 Braunschweig-Class corvettes
K130 Braunschweig class (also called Korvette 130) is Germany’s newest class of ocean-going corvettes. Five ships have replaced the Gepard-class fast attack craft of the German Navy.
In October 2016 it was announced that a second batch of five more corvettes is to be procured from 2022-2025. The decision was in response to NATO requirements expecting Germany to provide a total of four corvettes at the highest readiness level for littoral operations by 2018, and with only five corvettes just two can be provided.