Atlas Elektronik has received an order worth €78.5 million from the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) for the modernisation of three minehunting vessels of the German Navy’s FRANKENTHAL-class (Type 332).
The objective of the MJ 332 CL project is to equip the three boats with the Integrated Mine Counter Measure System (IMCMS) and the mine disposal vehicle SEAFOX of Atlas Elektronik. The vessels will be given the capability for controlling the SEEHUND ROV, which until now has only been integrated on the minesweepers of the ENSDORF class (Type 352). In addition to the shipboard adaptations, a shore-based training and testing facility is to be established and taken into service. The project is planned to run until 2020.
The German Navy currently has ten minehunting vessels of the FRANKENTHAL-class in service. Five boats were already fitted out with the IMCMS and SEAFOX by Atlas Elektronik in 2009 and 2012. For the three units now to follow, this project aims to ensure the uniformity of the minehunting combat system and the capability of using the underwater vehicle on a total of eight units. The remaining two boats will be used as mission platforms for mine clearance divers.