The German government on January 14 announced its intention to select Dutch defence company Damen Shipyards as the main contractor for supplying at least four Multi-Purpose Combat Ship MKS 180 frigates to the German Navy. Damen will work with Blohm + Voss and Thales on this project.
The ships will be built at Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg and around 70per cent of the services will be provided by the German subsidiary of Thales and by other German subcontractors.
The decision still awaits the parliamentary approval.
The Dutch naval shipbuilder, in a statement said it is “extremely proud of the result of the evaluation process” announced by the German Government.
The MKS 180 project contributes to securing the export power and self-creation of both Dutch and German naval construction in the longer term. The project also opens perspectives for the requested European (defence equipment) cooperation.