German MoD eliminates Lürssen/TKMS from MKS 180 contest

05 March 2018

Key Points

  • The Lürssen/TKMS joint venture has been eliminated from the contest to provide the German Navy's MKS 180 multirole combat ships
  • German Naval Yards and Damen remain in the bidding

On 1 March the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced a downselection in the MKS 180 multirole combat ship programme, eliminating the Lürssen/ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) joint venture from the competition and leaving German Naval Yards (GNY) and Dutch shipbuilder Damen bidding for the programme.

The German MoD declined to comment on the ongoing process, but Jane’s understands that the price tag of the Lürssen/TKMS offer was a significant obstacle for the MoD that eventually cost them the competition.

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