Ensdorf Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989 Total Production: 5 Also Known As:HL 352 Origin:Germany Corporations: Abeking & Rasmussen and Lurssen
Parent System:Type 343 Hameln Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1989 Total Production: 10 Family Members:Kulmbach
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Description: The SM 343 Hameln-class are non-magnetizable steel hull vessels designed in the 1980s to serve as fast minesweepers in the German Navy. Its propulsion system consists of two diesels, two shafts developing 4,080 KW of power and allowing a top speed of 18 knots. Type 434 ships are equipped with two 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns, mine laying equipment with 60 mines, DSQS-11 minehunting sonar, and two launchers for Stinger missiles. The German Navy commissioned ten hulls between 1989 and 1991.
Between 1999 and 2001, the ten vessels of this class underwent a major modification program which divided them into two classes, with five hulls each, suitable for minehunting (MJ 333) and drone control vessels role (HL 352) as part of the Troika system. The HL 352 Ensdorf class vessels equipped with the Troika Advanced Mine CounterMeasure (MCM) system act as control ships for four unmanned surface drones called simulation sweeping craft (SSC). The SSCs simulate acoustic and magnetic signatures of minesweepers triggering the detonation mechanism of the mines while the control ship stays safely outside the minefield.
Crew: 38 Dimensions Beam: 9.20 meter (30.2 foot)
Draft: 2.50 meter (8.20 foot)
Length: 54 meter (178 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 40 millimeter Power Total Combined Power: 4,080 kW (5,469 hp) Speed Top Speed: 18 knot (33.3 kph) Weight Full Displacement: 635 ton
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