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.
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