ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems of Germany (often abbreviated TKMS) is a group and holding company of providers of naval vessels, surface ships and submarines. It was founded when large industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp acquired Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft on January 5, 2005. ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems is one of the leading system providers for non-nuclear submarines and high-end naval vessels. Since the merger of Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) and Blohm+Voss Naval in January 2013 and acquisition of Atlas Elektronik in April 2017, our Marine Systems brand stands for more than 175 years of cutting-edge technology and engineering expertise made in Germany.
Since 1982, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems have engineered a stable of MEKO® frigates and corvettes that form the fleet workhorses of their 13 user navies, including 7 NATO and ANZUS navies. All told 78 ships in 11 classes and 7 sub-classes supplied and building today. This proud pedigree stands on its own, but does not stand still. Above all, MEKO® technology stands for adaptability, allowing MEKO® customer navies the flexibility to prioritize the initial capabilities of their ships to budget, but also to quickly and easily re-configure and upgrade them to meet operational and logistic needs across their 35-year-plus service lives.
Built for the main tasks of surface surveillance, reconnaissance, surface target engagement, humanitarian missions, countering asymmetric threats, and operating mainly in the littorals, this corvette platform features an X-shaped, RCS-reducing hull with significant IR suppression measures with no funnels and hot spots, and sea-water injection in horizontal exhaust ducts complemented by a sophisticated Integrated Monitoring and Control System (IMCS) with over 7,000 measuring points. These corvettes have spacious landing decks for a 12-ton helicopter and hangars for two drones (UAVs). Together with state-of-the-art integrated onboard networks (combat management system, communication and navigation qualifying the vessel for joint operations) the corvettes have incorporated major MEKO® design principles and have proved a valuable asset for the German Navy.
Combining toughness and fighting prowess the Frigate Class 124 gives the German Navy long-range air defense capabilities and the potential for theater ballistic missile defense – both in home waters and in support of allied operations worldwide. These powerful fighting ships are prime examples of the Marine Systems design philosophy and technology: enhanced survivability through high levels of stealth, armored box girders, double skin bulkheads, separated independent departments and damage control areas, superb sea keeping, innovative CODAG (COmbined Diesel And Gas turbine) propulsion, and outstanding helicopter operability. This ship’s great versatility means it is ideally suited to the full range of frigate operations worldwide.