Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: Type 124
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft GmbH and ThyssenKrupp AG
Parent System: F124 Sachsen
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2002
Total Production: 3
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Description: The F124-class frigates, also called Sachsen-class, have been designed to meet the requirements for Anti-Air Warfare well into the 21st century. They feature stealth design and accommodate the advanced multifunction radar APAR as well as the SAMRT-L long range radar. These ships will face emerging airborne threats such as supersonic anti-ship missiles and stealth aircraft.
The Sachsen-class 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.
The 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 F124 Sachsen-class frigates are the German counterpart to US DDG-51-class destroyers. The German Navy ordered three F124-class vessels with an option for a fourth ship. These ships are being built by the ARGE 124 consortium comprising HDW, Nordseewerke and Blohm & Voss shipyards.
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