On 8 August Rheinmetall and MBDA Deutschland announced their intention to collaborate in developing, building, integrating and testing a high-energy laser (HEL) effector for the German Navy’s K130-class corvettes.

Capable of engaging targets at the speed of light with extreme precision and minimal collateral damage, lasers constitute a whole new dimension in defence technology. Now, for the first time, this capability is to be investigated under quasi-operational conditions using a demonstrator installed onboard a German corvette. The details and division of responsibilities between the two companies will be determined as soon as the performance specification is made available by the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support (BAAINBw), Germany’s military procurement agency.

Cooperation between Rheinmetall and MBDA will be particularly beneficial for the Bundeswehr. Both companies will be leveraging their respective special strengths to make this German Navy project a resounding success,” stated MBDA Deutschland’s Head of Sales and Business Development, Peter Heilmeier, looking ahead to the joint project.

We’re going to be cooperating very closely to put the military potential of laser technology to work for the Bundeswehr, boosting its operational readiness and combat effectiveness. Compared to other countries, too, our two companies possess extraordinary capabilities. Lasers offer new tactical possibilities on land, at sea and in the air. In partnership with the German Navy, we want to press ahead with this new technology,” added Rheinmetall Waffe Munition Managing Director, Werner Krämer.


The German Navy’s K130 BRAUNSCHWEIG-class corvettes could at some future date find themselves armed with high-energy laser effectors under development by Rheinmetall and MBDA. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

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