Keel laid for German Navy’s 8th K130 corvette

The German Navy has celebrated the keel laying for the eighth new K130 Braunschweig-class corvette, Karlsruhe (F267).

The keel-laying ceremony took place at Lürssen-Group’s Peene-Werft shipyard in Wolgast, Germany, on October 6, 2020. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only a small group of people attended the event.

Illustration, F260 corvette. Photo: Deutsche Marine

Karlsruhe is the third ship of the second batch of K130 corvettes and the eighth ship belonging to the navy’s Braunschweig class of ocean-going corvettes.

The first five units were commissioned between 2008 and 2013, replacing the Gepard-class fast attack craft of the German Navy. In September 2017, a contract for the second batch of five units — Köln, Emden, Karlsruhe, Augsburg and Lübeck — was awarded. In the future, the navy will have a fleet of ten corvettes belonging to the 1st Corvette Squadron in Rostock-Warnemünde.

The units 6-10 will be delivered by a consortium (Arbeitsgemeinschaft ARGE) comprising ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, German Naval Yards Kiel and Lürssen Werft, which serves as prime contractor.

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The 90-meter ships are designed for operation in coastal waters, augmenting the capabilities of fast attack boats and frigates. They are equipped with two 27 mm Mauser MLG27 remote-controlled, fully-automatic cannons, and one OTO Melara 76 mm gun.

The corvettes also feature a helicopter landing deck and use the Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) – guided naval missile for close-in defense against anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters and surface threats.

Last month, Swedish company Saab was selected to provide RBS15 anti-ship missiles for the new batch of Braunschweig-class corvettes. The order value is approximately SEK 1.7 billion (around $194 million) with deliveries between 2022 and 2026.