According to a tweet posted by the German Navy on April 21, 2022, the Navy christened the sixth K130 class corvette Braunschweig Köln during a ceremony in Hamburg.
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Braunschweig Köln-class corvette (Image source: German Navy)
The German Navy’s Braunschweig-class (K130) corvettes were designed and built by the Class 130 consortium led by Blohm + Voss. In October 2016, it was announced that the second batch of five additional corvettes was to be purchased from 2022-25.
The main task of the corvette is to be durable in the areas of operation and demonstrate a permanent presence there. In addition to surveillance, reconnaissance and security operations, corvettes must also protect and control military and civilian shipping and maritime communication routes in coastal waters.
As part of their anti-surface warfare (ASUW) capabilities, corvettes will coordinate naval warfare assets in the area of operation and assume command and control of sub-formations at the tactical level. During response operations, operational tasks will also include anti-surface operations and the engagement of unconventional surface targets, for example asymmetric threats on the high seas or in littoral waters.
The Braunschweig-class corvette has a length of 89.12 m (292 ft 5 in), a beam of 13.28 m (43 ft 7 in) and a draft of 3.4 m (11 ft 2 in) . They will reach a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph).
They feature reduced radar and infrared signatures (“stealth” beyond Sachsen-class frigates) and will be equipped with two helicopter drones for remote sensing.
The class will be armed with an OTO Melara 76mm one, two Mauser Bk-27 autocannons, four RBS-15 Mk.3 anti-ship missiles, two RAM Block II launchers and two 34-mine mine racks Naval Mk 12.