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ARGE F125: Maintenance contract for frigates extended

Caption: ARGE F125 will continue to look after the frigates for another five years

The technical and logistical support for the F125 frigate class has been extended for a further five years.

The ARGE partners – Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and the NVL Group – and the Bundeswehr Procurement Office are continuing their long-standing cooperation.

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has extended the existing contract with ARGE F125 for the technical-logistic support (TLB) of the F125 frigate class until 1 March 2029. The contract covers the four ships and the test/training centre (EZ/AZ F125) in Wilhelmshaven. ARGE F125 is made up of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems as the lead company and the NVL Group.

F125 class is the backbone of the navy

Following the signing, Oliver Juckenhöfel, Head of Operating Unit Surface Vessels at Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, said: “The extension of the F125 TLB contract is a strong vote of confidence from the German customer and is proof that we have successfully proven ourselves as a system house.”

The main purpose of the contract extension is to continue to support the Bundeswehr Procurement Office (BAAINBw) in maintaining the operational readiness of the F125 class ships in the face of constantly evolving requirements. “The F125 class will be the backbone of the German Navy for operational commitments in the coming years. Ensuring the operational readiness of the ships together with the public client is an active contribution to the security policy of the Federal Republic of Germany, which we are happy to make,” continues Oliver Juckenhöfel.

ARGE F125 is pleased to support the Bundeswehr

The frigate “Baden-Württemberg” is currently the first ship of the class to be deployed on a UNIFIL mission off Lebanon (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), where it is demonstrating its capabilities. Patrick Buggenthin, Program Manager ARGE F125, underlines the importance of the contract: “The continuation of the TLB contract is confirmation for us that the good and successful cooperation of recent years is also valued by the German customer. We look forward to continuing to support the crews and the many servicemen and women as well as employees ashore in ensuring that the ships can carry out their duties and make a contribution to the operational readiness of the German Navy.”

Die ARGE F125 betreut weitere fünf Jahre die Fregatten
ARGE F125 will continue to support the frigates for another five years

Key data for the “Baden-Württemberg” class F125

  • Length: 149 m
  • Width: 18 m
  • Maximum speed: >26 kn
  • Displacement: approx. 7,200 tons
  • Crew: max. 190 persons (including up to 126 regular crew)
  • Units built: 4

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