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MST Awarded Contract to Supply Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats for German Navy Type 126 Frigates

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MST Awarded Contract to Supply Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boats for German Navy Type 126 Frigates

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MST Awarded Contract to Supply Rgid-hulled Inflatable Boats for German Navy Type 126 Frigates
MST Awarded Contract to Supply Rgid-hulled Inflatable Boats for German Navy Type 126 Frigates

Marine Specialised Technology Group (“MST Group”) has been commissioned by Damen Shipyards Group to equip the German Navy’s F126 frigates with 12m rigid-hulled inflatable mission boats. The scope of the supply contract includes the delivery of twelve special forces FRISC® RHIB’s with transportation trailers and a comprehensive Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) package. The F126 frigates are being built by Dutch shipbuilder Damen Naval, on German shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel and Hamburg. Major partners include Thales Netherlands, and Blohm + Voss. The first ship will be handed over in Hamburg in 2028 and the contract includes an option for two further frigates.

The FRISC (Fast Raiding, Interception and Special forces Craft) are the latest generation of MST’s well proven Fast Raiding, Intervention and Special Forces Craft Series and will provide the German Navy with an enhanced combat platform, utilising state-of-the-art navigation and C2 command systems, to meet current and future military requirements. FRISC combine the speed and manoeuvrability of an interceptor with an increased size and carrying capacity to hold elite troops and their equipment. Utilised extensively by the Dutch Royal and Belgium Navy’s for border protection, marine counter terrorism, military and special forces operations.

Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft (FRISC) rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs)
Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft (FRISC) rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs). (Photo by Marine Specialised Technology Group)

Ben Kerfoot, Managing Director for Marine Specialised Technology Group, said: “MST are extremely pleased to be working together with Damen again on this prestigious project, this time with Damen Naval on complex frigates, providing a highly effective platform against maritime threats.”

Marine Specialised Technology Group (“MST Group”) is a world class designer and manufacturer of Inflatable, Rigid Inflatable and High-Speed Workboats in composite and aluminium up to 24.0m in length for global Military, Professional and Search & Rescue markets. Since its formation in 2001 and incorporation on the 21st June 2002, the company has developed into one of the most respected and skilled businesses in the industry. Several years after creation, MST expanded into the “MST Group” which consists of multiple subsidiary companies. Members of the group include the original MST New-Build Division, MST Fleet Services Maintenance & Repair, MST Special Products and Specialised Inflatable Technology Limited (SIT Ltd). Since this expansion, the Company now occupies several sites in Liverpool, Bromborough and Leyland together totalling over 400,000 SqFt.

Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft (FRISC) rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs).
Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft (FRISC) rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs). (Photo by Marine Specialised Technology Group)

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