Could probably appeal to some of Lürssen’s yacht customers as well.
Ah...Navalnews just posted an article about it.Due to parliament approving the 2.1 billion Euro for it yesterday the Bundeswehr today signed a contract with Lürssen for three new ELINT ships... err, reconnaissance ships ... err, "fleet service boats". Whatever they call them now. Basically those ships that we have been unofficially parking off the coasts of Libya and Syria for the last decade.
The ships will be "about 130m length" and will get the type number 424. I doubt we'll get all that many details beyond that. Planned commissioning 2027, replacing the current 83m-long Oste class / Type 423 vessels.
Placing it here for context:We've seen the shortlisted prices from Lürssen-GNYK and MV Werften. Meyer-Neptun and Pella Sietas have full order books out to 2025 and 2024 respectively, so probably didn't submit a bid since they wouldn't have been able to deliver in the desired timeframe anyway.
For the two SVK boats only their length - 50m - has been published; the requirements list - in which all those details are - has always been classified and was only provided to accredited bidders. The ships are built to civilian standards. For displacement scaled from similar-design vessels from Fassmer (both larger and smaller) they will probably end up at around 840-850 tons.Anyway, I came across some information in another forum that the estimated price tag for this project was 95m Euro (for two vessels). Just wondering if you have any further information (ie. length, draught, crew complement, speed, range etc.)? There doesn't appear to be anything on the Fassmer website as yet. As you say, they look very similar to the Type 748 Schwedeneck class.
The cruise is now officially called "Indo-Pacific Deployment" (in English) and will start this monday at 1400B in Wilhelmshaven. The cruise will take about six months and end in February 2022.F217 Bayern has been chosen for the Indo-Pacific cruise and will set sail in August.
I'm willing to bet they figured the voyage was way long enough already. And Hobbiton has gotten way to 'touristy' to justify shore leave.