General contractor, Damen Naval, and Augsburg-based Renk have signed a contract to supply gearboxes and electric propulsion systems for four new F126-class frigates to be built for the German Navy.
Renk has been a long-time supplier of components for German Navy vessels, with earlier frigate designs incorporating the engineering company’s gearboxes. Meanwhile, Damen and Renk have collaborated on the construction of vessels for other navies, including those of the Netherlands, Mexico, Morocco, and Indonesia.
The new frigates will have second generation advanced electric drives (AEDs), the companies said. These electric propulsion motors can drive the propellers individually, or together with the diesel engine. This is the first time that the German Navy has adopted this propulsion concept.
The combined diesel-electric and diesel propulsion system, known as CODLAD, combines greater power density and low weight and height with noise reduction through soft-elastic bearings and flexible couplings. The 166m-long frigates will have a maximum speed of more than 26 knots.
They will be built at German shipyards in Wolgast, Kiel, and Hamburg. Damen Naval will be general contractor with subcontractors including Blohm + Voss and Thales. The first ship is due to be handed over in 2028.
Damen Naval and Renk team up on German navy contract