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The early ship design phase of the frigate F126 (formerly the multi-purpose combat ship MKS 180Blohm + Voss) is supported by the Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt (HSVA) with extensive model test series, especially for the hydrodynamic optimization of the ship. The general contractor for the F126, the Damen Shipyards Group, has gained access to German know-how with a service contract.

In this process, the properties of the planned ship are tested under real conditions. For the first time, a true-to-scale model of the F126 with a length of several meters will be on display. Over the next few months, the model ship will be subjected to a large number of tests in various HSVA test facilities in Hamburg.

In addition to tests to evaluate the ship's resistance, propulsion and maneuvering in smooth water, the sea behavior of the ship is also considered. Particular attention is paid to a high-quality propeller design. Only through this series of tests can it be ensured that the high demands placed on the frigates in real use are actually met.

The upcoming tests are the most important milestone so far and an indicator of the success of the ship development so far, writes Damen in a press release. Following the test and simulation phase, further development work is carried out and hundreds of subsystems are integrated.

Hamburgische Schiffbau-Versuchsanstalt unterstützt Entwurf der F126

On behalf of the German Navy, together with partners Blohm + Voss and Thales, Damen will build a total of four ships of the frigate class 126 after the company was awarded the contract in 2020 as part of a multi-year European tender. The first ship is to be handed over to the German Navy in Hamburg in 2028. The ships are designed in Germany, with construction taking place in Hamburg, Kiel and Wolgast.

Gerhard Heiming