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The Sachsen Class (F124) is Germany's Air Defence Frigate built by ARGE F124, a consortium consisting of Blohm and Voss as the leading yard, Howaldtwerke-Deutsche Werft and Thyssen Nordseewerke. In January 2005, the three companies became part of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The three frigates were built under the Trilateral Frigate Agreement, signed by the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, which provides cooperation in national construction of the frigates in each country. In the Netherlands Royal Schelde are building the De Zeven Provincien (LCF) Class frigates and in Spain Navantia (formerly Bazan then Izar) are building the Alvaro de Bazan (F100) Class.
The first of class, FGS Sachsen (F219), which was built at the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg, was commissioned in November 2004. The second, FGS Hamburg (F220), built by HDW, was launched in August 2002 and delivered in September 2004. The third, FGS Hessen (F221), built by TNSW, was launched in July 2003 and delivered in December 2005.
COMMAND AND CONTROL
A Thales Nederland (formerly Signaal) Sewaco FD combat system using a distributed real-time database and integrated communications network includes 17 multifunction consoles and processors, two large-screen tactical displays, twelve bus interface units, a COSMOS monitor, a redundant databus and distributed processing. The system uses asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) based architectures for fast data transmission.
The ship's medium- and long-range anti-air missiles are the Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) and the Standard Missile SM2111-A which are fired from a VLS Mk41 32-cell launcher. SGS Sachsen successfully completed firing trials with ESSM and SM-2 in July / August 2004.
The F124 has two Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM), Mk 31 launchers and two four-cell Harpoon missile launchers. Boeing Harpoon is an autonomous all-weather anti-ship missile with range in excess of 65 nautical miles. The RAM missile from Raytheon and RAM Systems GmbH, is a fire-and-forget missile which provides short-range defence against incoming anti-ship missiles including sea-skimming missiles.
The F124 is equipped with an Oto Melara 76mm gun, and two Rheinmetall 20mm guns.
A KMW PzH 2000 howitzer turret with a 155mm gun has been mounted on the deck of FGS Hamburg (F220) as a demonstration of the feasibility of the system for naval applications. The concept is called MONARC and requires a flexible elastic mounting. MONARC has a range of 22nm. Live fire trials were conducted in September 2003.
The ship is fitted with two triple Mk 32 torpedo launchers for EurotorpMU90 lightweight torpedoes and also has helicopter-borne long range lightweight torpedoes.
The flight deck and hangar accommodate two NH90 helicopters. The flight deck is rated to accommodate a 15t class helicopter such as the Merlin, for fuelling and