The F124 Sachsen class is Germany's latest class of highly advanced air-defence frigates

The F124 Sachsen class is Germany's latest class of highly advanced air-defence frigates. The design of the Sachsen class frigate is based on that of the F123 Brandenburg class but with enhanced stealth features intended to deceive any opponent's radar and acoustic sensors and incorporate also the advanced multifunction radar APAR as well as the SMART-L long-range radar which is even capable of detecting stealth aircraft and stealth missiles.



Although designated as frigates, they are in capability and size comparable to destroyers.

With 2.1 billion Euros for only three ships, this was one of the most expensive ship building programs of the German Navy. They are similar to the Dutch De Zeven ProvinciŽn class frigates. Both the Sachsen class and the De Zeven ProvinciŽn class frigates are based on the use of a common primary anti-air warfare system using the Standard SM-2 and Evolved Sea Sparrow medium range SAMs.

A Thales Nederland Sewaco FD combat system using a distributed real-time database and integrated communications network includes 17 multifunction consoles and processors, two large-screen tactical displays, 12 bus interface units and a COSMOS monitor.

The ship's medium and long-range anti-air missiles are the Raytheon evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM) and the Standard missile SM2111-A, which are fired from a VLS mk41 32-cell launcher. The F124 is equipped with an Oto Melara 76mm gun, and two Rheinmetall 20mm guns and two triple torpedo launchers.

The flight deck and hangar accommodate two NH90 helicopters. The flight deck is rated to accommodate a 15t class helicopter such as the Merlin, for fuelling and torpedo loading.

The F124 is equipped with a combined diesel and gas propulsion system, CODAG. The two operating shafts work independently. The diesel engines are installed in a non-walkable sound-proof capsule. The shafts drive two five-bladed controllable pitch propellers.

SACHSEN CLASS Specifications
Country of Manufacture Germany
Number in Service 3
Crew 243
Armament Harpoon SSM, 32 x ESSM SAM, 24 x SM-2 IIIA SAM, RAM CIWS SAM, 1 x Oto Melara 765mm gun, MU90 impact torpedoes, 2 x Sea Lynx 0r 2 x NH90 helicopters
Length 143m
Beam 17.4m
Draught 5m
Displacement 5,690 tonnes
Powerplant 2 x MTU V20 diesels and 1 x General Electric LM2500 gas turbine
Performance Max speed 29 knots Ė range 4,000 nm at 18 knots
First of Class 2001