Earlier in this month, German Government has sent a letter to TKMS&Lürssen Consortium stating that they were excluded from the bidding.
The decision was disclosed in a notice sent to the firm’s shipyards by the ministry’s purchasing agency. The letter said the government did not trust ThyssenKrupp and its partner, Lürrsen shipyards, to build the new Multi-role Combat Ship 180 (MKS 180 for short), which is designed to operate anywhere in the world, including in polar seas. The agency also said the consortium’s proposed price of €4 billion ($4.9 billion) for four warships was too high.
2 competitors stay now for the bidding process:
German Naval Yard (GNY) + BAE Systems
Blohm & Voss (B&V) + DAMEN Shipyards
Damen Shipyards stated in a letter which was sent to German parliament members that they are ready to build German’s new MKS180 frigates at the Blohm+Voss shipyard in Hamburg .
The Europe-wide tendering process for the six ships is expected to be concluded this year. In addition to being late, the ships are already €500 million over budget. Germany initially wanted to order four ships with options for two more but defense minister Ursula von der Leyen announced in February 2017 that the ministry would order all six ships right away.
The first ship in the class is being planned to enter service in 2023.
Steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems shipyard in Kiel in 7th February 2018.
The Israel Navy is upgrading its entire combat surface fleet with new German-built, Israeli-equipped Sa’ar-6 corvettes and the integration of new radars and electronic warfare (EW) systems in existing Sa’ar-5 and Sa’ar 4.5 ships.
Measuring 90 meters in length and displacing around 2,000 tons, the Sa’ar 6-class corvettes will be fitted with Israeli-developed armament and radars. According to media reports, the corvettes are set to receive a Israel Aerospace Industries-built AESA radar which will control the Barak 8 surface to air missile system.
The Saar 6 vessels will not just be “Patrol Vessels” as initially reported but rather powerful Corvettes with a displacement in excess of 2,000 tons and a length of 90 meters.The width of the class is 13.5 meters and its draft is more than 4 meters. Their maximum speed is 26 knots thanks to their diesel power plant and dual-shaft arrangement. The crew complement is about 70 sailors.
The cost of the construction is around 430 million euros of which 115 million euros is reportedly covered by the government of Germany. This is for the four vessels but the vessels only, without the cost of Israeli weapons and electronic equipment, which will be installed in Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government has signed a long-awaited memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany to acquire three new Dolphin-class submarines with air-independent propulsion systems.
If the deal goes through, the estimated $1.3 billion acquisition from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems would replace by the end of the next decade three earlier-model Dolphin diesel-electric submarines, leaving Israel with a strategic underwater force of six front-line submarines, all of them built by the Kiel, Germany-based shipyard.
Israel currently has three Dolphin-class submarines and two Dolphin-2 class submarines (another one is expected to be delivered in 2018). The additional three Dolphin 2-class submarines, which are not expected to reach Israel for another decade, are set to replace the older Dolphins at a cost of combined price of €1.5b., a third of which will be subsidized by Berlin.