German corvette OLDENBURG commissioned - MTU power selected

By Peter Pospiech at April 10, 2013 10:32
Filed Under: Company News, General, Navy News, Shipyards

End of January 2013 one of the latest corvette, the OLDENBURG (F263), has been put into service at the German Navy Base “Hohe Düne” in Rostock-Warnemünde. The ceremony took place in the presence of rear admiral Michael Mollenhauer, officer-in –charge of the navy command in Rostock.

The 1. Corvette Squadron includes in total five units. Hereof the ships MAGDEBURG (F261) and the BRAUNSCWEIG (F260) are ready for operation. The BRAUNSCHWEIG is eponym for the whole corvette quintet, which cost in total about 1.2 billions EURO. Further sister ships are the ERFURT (F262) as well as the LUDWIGSHAFEN (F264). The five so far build ships have been completed at the yards of Blohm&Voss, Hamburg, Lürssen, Bremen, and the former shipyard Nordseewerke Emden.

With the new class 130- corvettes expands the German Navy significantly their range of applications. They can stay on sea continuously for 21 days. This type of ships makes a world-wide operation within multi-national forces possible. The versatile corvettes are optimized for surveillance operations in coastal sea areas. Most modern computer and sensor systems make navigation, data collection and target-tracking much easier. 

The ships have a displacement of 1.840 to. Dimensions are of: length: 89.12 m beam: 13.28 m draft: 3.40 m. They are powered by two 2 x MTU 1163 20V Diesel Engines (each 7400 kW). The two units enable the ship to have a max speed of 26 knots. The two MTU engines have been chosen because of their well-known performances in military applications world-wide.

The armament consists of: 1 Otobreda 76 mm gun, 2 MLG 27 mm autocannons, 2x 21 cell RAM launcher, 2 cell launcher with RBS-15 Mk. 3 surface-to-surface missiles, mine laying capability.     

MTU Engines Series 1163 20V

Images: German Navy, MTU

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