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The F123-class frigates, also called Brandenburg-class, were conceived for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with secondary Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) capability for self-defense purposes only. The Type 123 ships have stealth features (reduced radar signature) for improved survivability. The German Navy ordered 4 F124-class frigates in the 1990s.
The F123 frigates were built employing modular construction reducing the time and costs for such an operation. The ships include growth potential, advanced sensors and anti-aircraft systems. They can accommodate Lynx helicopters and were armed with Exocet and Seasparrow missiles, torpedoes, small caliber guns and a single 76mm gun.
The first F123-class frigate was commissioned by the German Navy in 1994.
Length: 138.9 m
Beam: 16.7 m
Draft: 6.8 m
Displacement: 4900 t
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
Range: 4000 nautical miles at 18 kts
Maximum speed: 29 kts
1 Thales LW08 air search D band radar
1 Thales SMART-F air/surface search F band radar
2 Thales STIR 180 fire-control radar
2 Raytheon Redpath I band navigation radar
1 STN Atlas DSQS-23BZ hull-mounted sonar
1 STN Atlas LFASS towed array sonar to be fitted
Communication: Link 16 and Link 11
1 EADS FL 1800S ECM suite
2 OTO-Melara SCLAR launcher
4 TKWA/MASS decoy launcher (currently under procurement)
1 Mk 41 Mod 3 vertical launch system, 16 cells Seasparrow surface-to-air missiles (ESSM planned)
2 Mk 49 launcher with 21 RAM surface-to-air/CIWS-missiles each
4 MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles
1 OTO-Melara 76mm/62Mk-75 dual-purpose 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
2 Sea Lynx Mk.88A helicopters
Complement: 218 (including air crew of 19)