Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and Thales signed a contract to manufacture and integrate the mission combat system for the four MKS 180 class frigates for the German Navy, which will be designed and built in German shipyards, with the integral management of the project in accordance with Damen. The first ship of the MKS 180 should be ready for use in 2028.
The order value from Thales is 1,500 million euros. The development, manufacture and integration is carried out by the marine centers of the multinational Thales in Hengelo (Netherlands) as well as in Kiel and Wilhelmshaven (Germany). also count on the cooperation of a considerable number of German subcontractors.
The Thales combat and mission system includes all control equipment for surface warfare AWWS (Above Water Warfare System) as well as the associated logistics services, test equipment and ground training under contract, including the option for one or two additional ships.
The AWWS is an important resource in the avant-garde confrontation, helping the ships’ crews counteract and neutralize the complex saturation attacks by analyzing and continuously optimizing the tactical environment, adding the necessary resources. For this purpose, the AWWS is combined with the APAR B12, the further developed version of the AESA multifunction radar from Thales, a signature system that was developed for the M-Class frigates of the Belgian and Dutch navies. In addition to a new generation of sensors, the AWWS, contains intelligent software that is able to calculate in real time. These are the most suitable resources for combating and neutralizing incoming threats detected by radar or sensors. (Antonio Ros Pau)
Photo: (Thales) Damen’s MKS 180 frigates will contain mission systems developed and manufactured by Thales.
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