K130 Braunschweig Class Corvette

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K130 Braunschweig Class Corvette
The K130 Braunschweig class (Korvette 130) is Germany's newest class of ocean-going corvettes. They supplement the Gepard class fast attack craft that are currently used.

They feature reduced radar and infra-red signature ("stealth" beyond the Sachsen class frigate) and will be equipped with two helicopter UAVs for remote sensing. Recently, the German Navy ordered a first batch of 6 Camcopter S-100 UAVs for the use on the Braunschweig class corvettes. Also the German Army plans to procure the Camcopter S-100 for land-based missions. The hangar is too small for standard helicopters, but the pad is large enough for Sea Kings, Lynx or NH-90s, the helicopters of the German Navy.

Originally the K130-class was supposed to be armed with the naval version of the Polyphem missile, an optical fiber-guided missile with a range of 60 km, which at the time was under development. The Polyphem program was canceled in 2003 and instead the designers chose to equip the class with the RBS-15. While the RBS-15 has a much greater range (250 km), the current version mounted on the ships, Mk3, lacks the ECM-resistant video feedback of the Polyphem. The German Navy has ordered the RBS-15 Mk4 in advance, which will be a future development of the Mk3 with increased range (400 km) and a dual seeker for increased resistance to electronic countermeasures.

Braunschweig Class Corvette
Operators: German Navy
Built: 2004–2007
In commission: 2008–
Planned: 10
Completed: 5
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 1,840 tonnes (1,810 long tons)
Length: 89.12 m (292 ft 5 in)
Beam: 13.28 m (43 ft 7 in)
Draft: 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: MTU 20V 1163 TB 93 diesel engines producing 14.8MW, driving two controllable-pitch propellers.
Speed: 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km) at 15 kn (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Endurance: 7 days; 21 days with tender
Complement: 65 : 1 commander, 10 officers, 16 chief petty officers, 38 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
• TRS-3D multifunction radar
• 2 navigation radars
• MSSR 2000 i IFF system
• MIRADOR electro-optical sensors
• UL 5000 K ESM suite
Link 11 and Link 16 communications
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
• 2 × TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher
• UL 5000 K ECM suite
Armament:
  • Guns;
    • 1 x Otobreda 76 mm gun
    • 2 x MLG 27 mm autocannons
  • Anti-ship;
    • 4 x RBS-15 Mk.3 Anti-ship missiles
  • CIWS;
    • 2 x 21-cell RAM CIWS missile launchers
  • Mine laying capability;
Aircraft carried: Helicopter pad and hangar for two Camcopter S-100

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