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The German corvettes of the Braunschweig class are also armed with anti-ship missiles RBS15 Mk3. As a new generation guided missile with long range, active radar seeker and a combination of inertial and GPS-based navigation, the RBS15 Mk3 offers naval forces a significant expansion of their previous capabilities. With RBS15 Mk3, not only ships can be fought successfully at great distances, but now also targets precisely on land.

On September 11th, Diehl Defense received the order from the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) to build further guided missiles of the type RBS15 Mk3. The handover to the German Navy is scheduled to begin in 2023. The Mark 3 version of the heavy anti-ship missile developed jointly with Saab was first delivered in 2011 as the main armament for corvettes of the new K 130 class. The basis of the current supplementary procurement is a framework contract that also includes the possibility of future orders. As early as 2018, Diehl Defense was commissioned to equip the required ship systems for the second batch of K 130 corvettes.

Dorothee Frank