Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Type 123 Brandenburg Class frigate

F215 BRANDENBURG at the Ostpreußenkai in Lübeck-Travemünde, June 21st 2008

BALTIC SEA (June 10, 2008) The German Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Bayern (F 217) approaches the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) during an exercise supporting Baltic Operations (BALTOPS). BALTOPS is an annual international exercise involving 13 countries

the german navy F123 Brandenburg class frigates were commissioned between 1994 and 1996. These frigates are primarily tasked with anti-submarine warfare,Their design includes stealth characteristics.

Displacement: 4900 tonnes
Length: 138.9m
Beam: 16.7m
Draft: 6.8m
Propulsion: combined diesel or gas
2 propeller shafts, controllable pitch propellers
2 MTU 20V 956 TB92 diesel-engines, 8.14 MW each
2 General Electric LM2500 gas turbines, 38 MW each
2 Renk BGS 178 Lo gearboxes
Speed: 29 knots
Range: 4000+ nautical miles at 18 kts
Complement: 199 crew and 19 aircrew
Armament: 1 Mk41 Mod3 vertical launch system, 16 cells Seasparrow sa missiles
2 Mk49 launcher with 21 RAM surface-to-air/CIWS-missiles each
4 MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles to be replaced by RBS15 Mk3 surface-to-surface missiles.
1 OTO-Melara 76 mm naval gun
2 Rheinmetall Rh202 autocannons to be replaced by (or already replaced with) MLG 27 27 mm autocannon
4 324 mm torpedo tubes, Mk46 Mod 2 torpedoes
Aircraft carried: 2 Sea Lynx Mk88A helicopters equipped with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles Sea Skua, and/or heavy machine gun.


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