German sensor specialist Hensoldt has been awarded a contract to modernize the TRS-3D radars of two German Navy K130-class corvettes.
In addition to the two ships, the company will also update an associated shore facility under a contract with German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw).
According to the company, the replacement deliveries will take place in the course of this year.
The TRS-3D is a three-dimensional multimode ship radar for air and sea surveillance, which can correlate the position and movement data of targets with the Hensoldt identification system MSSR 2000 I and thus improve the automatic identification of ships and aircraft.
Hensoldt has already been tasked with the delivery of TRS-4D C-Band (NATO G-Band) gallium nitride active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars for the second batch of five K130 corvettes that are currently being built.
This indicates that the latest contract for the radar upgrade is for two of the first five ships in the class, which have been built between 2004 and 2007.
Also referred to as the Braunschweig-class, Germany’s K130 corvettes measure 90 meters in length and feature two 27 mm Mauser MLG27 remote-controlled, fully-automatic cannons, and one OTO Melara 76 mm gun. The also have an RBS-15 anti-ship missiles and the RAM-Block II launchers.
The second batch of ships will have improved combat systems, new masts and an additional RHIB.