Germany has officially begun a tender to replace the long-range SMART-L search radars fitted to the navy's three in-service Sachsen-class (F 124) air-defence frigates, with the service also looking to introduce an expanded ballistic missile defence (BMD) capability during the sensor retrofit.
A request for bids was released in late January and outlined a requirement for the production, delivery, and ship integration of three new radars, along with associated identification friend or foe (IFF) systems. One more radar and IFF system are to be purchased for test, reference, and training purposes at the Maritime Engineering School (Marinetechnikschule) in Parow.
A spokesman for the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw) told Jane's that a contract winner was likely to be announced by mid-2020.
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