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F123 Brandenburg  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: 4
Unitary Cost: USD$380 million
Also Known As: Type 123
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH and ThyssenKrupp AG
Parent System: F123 Brandenburg
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1994
Total Production: 4
Total Cost: USD$1.5 billion
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Description: The F123-class frigates, also called Brandenburg-class, were conceived for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with secondary Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) capability for self-defense purposes only. The Type 123 ships have stealth features (reduced radar signature) for improved survivability. The German Navy ordered 4 F124-class frigates in the 1990s.

The F123 frigates were built employing modular construction reducing the time and costs for such an operation. The ships include growth potential, advanced sensors and anti-aircraft systems. They can accommodate Lynx helicopters and were armed with Exocet and Seasparrow missiles, torpedoes, small caliber guns and a single 76mm gun.

The first F123-class frigate was commissioned by the German Navy in 1994.

F123 Brandenburg Applications

Fighting Ships F124 Sachsen

F123 Brandenburg Specifications

Crew: 230
Number of Weapons: 20
Beam: 16.7 meter (55 foot)
Draft: 4.35 meter (14.3 foot)
Length: 139 meter (456 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter
Max Range: 6,500 kilometer (3,510 nautical mile)
Total Combined Power: 50,000 shp (37.3 MW)
Cruise Speed: 9.30 mps (18.1 knot)
Top Speed: 15 mps (29.2 knot)
Full Displacement: 4,700 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F123 Brandenburg News

There are 3 news between
2 Mar 2007 and 20 Oct 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010CASSIDIAN Protects German Navy Ships with the Latest Identification Systems
Tuesday, June 26, 2007German Navy F123 Frigates to Receive MASS Protection System by 2009
Friday, March 2, 2007EADS to Equip German Navy Vessels in Lebanon with the Latest Identification Systems

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 41
Cannons & Gear
76/62 Compactx1
Defensive Weapons
RIM-7M SeaSparrowx16
Offensive Weapons
MM38 Exocetx4
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Mk-31 RAM
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
Super Lynxx2

F123 Brandenburg Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
F215 Brandenburg-1994-
F216 Schleswig-Holstein-1995-
F217 Bayern-1996-
F218 Mecklenburg-Vorpommern-1996-

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