German MoD Details Naval Procurements Approved in 2022 Budget

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The budget committee of the German Bundestag at its meeting on June 23 released funds for a total of 27 proposals for investments of 25 million euros with a total volume of around 19 billion euros which include major procurement and modernization projects for the German Navy.

These include two new class 212 submarines as part of the German-Norwegian armaments cooperation, new fuel suppliers, fleet service boats and the Naval Strike Missile Block 1A to replace Harpoon guided missile, a German MoD release said Thursday.

Fleet service boat class 424

The Bundeswehr is procuring three fleet service boats of the new class 424 as well as a reconnaissance training and reference system. The new boats are to replace the previous fleet service boats “Oker”, “Alster” and “Oste”. The sea-based signal detection reconnaissance is an elementary prerequisite for national analysis, assessment and management skills. It provides an indispensable and continuous contribution to a cross-departmental picture of the situation.

Class 707 marine fuel supplier

The Navy receives two new fuel suppliers of the new class 707 to replace the two fuel transporters of class 704 (“Rhön” and “Spessart”), which have been in service since 1977. The approved project includes the design and construction of the new class 707. In addition, services for the preparation of supply readiness include, among other things, the initial requirement for spare parts, special tools and training. Germany has reported to NATO two ships for the provision of the capability to supply fuel to allied navies throughout the year 2040.

Class 212 Common Design submarines

A total of six submarines of Class 212 Common Design based on the existing class 212 A submarines. The submarines are being procured together with Norway and are also a symbol of the excellent German-Norwegian cooperation.

Operations on the northern flank of NATO and the preservation of materials are to be carried out jointly in future. A new dimension of cooperation is achieved on the basis of identical boats. The new submarine class with initially two boats for Germany is a prerequisite for maintaining the key technology of naval shipbuilding and underwater navigation.

Naval Strike Missile Block 1A to replace Harpoon guided missile

The Naval Strike Missile ( NSM) Block 1A weapon system is a long-range marine missile system and is to be used in the Navy by the frigates of classes 124, 125 and 126. It replaces the Harpoon guided missile system, which has reached the end of its useful life, and can also be used in a secondary role against land targets.

On the basis of the German-Norwegian naval armaments cooperation, procurement is carried out by Norway as the lead nation. In a further step, a German-Norwegian joint development of a new marine missile system Future Naval Strike Missile is planned. This development project takes place in an independent project and offers the opportunity to achieve urgently needed skills with the participation of German industry.