Atlas Elektronik to Modernize Three German Navy Minehunting Vessels
BREMEN, Germany — Atlas Elektronik has received an order from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the modernization of three minehunting vessels of the Frankenthal class (Type 332) in service with the German Navy.
The corresponding contract, with a volume of about $81.7 million, was signed by the parties Dec. 21 at the BAAINBw in Koblenz, Germany, the company announced in a release.
The objective of this project is to equip the three boats with the Integrated Mine Counter Measure System (IMCMS) and Atlas’ mine disposal vehicle SeaFox. The vessels also will be given the capability for controlling the Seehund remotely operated vessel, which until now has only been integrated on the minesweepers of the Ensdorf class. In addition to the shipboard adaptations, a shore-based training and testing facility is to be established and taken into service. The project is planned to run until 2020.
The German Navy currently has 10 minehunting vessels of the Frankenthal class in service. Five boats already were fitted out with the IMCMS and SeaFox by Atlas in 2009 and 2012. For the three units now to follow, this project aims to ensure the uniformity of the minehunting combat system and the capability of using the underwater vehicle on a total of eight units. The remaining two boats will be used as mission platforms for mine-clearance divers.