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German Naval Yards to take legal action against German MKS 180 decision

22 January 2020
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German Naval Yards (GNYK) has announced that it will take legal action against the German government in response to the selection of a Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS)-led team to build the navy’s MKS 180 multirole combat ship.

The Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) German federal office confirmed the selection of a DSNS team that includes Lürssen Group’s Blohm+Voss subsidiary and Thales as the preferred bidder to build the vessels, the legality of which GNYK is questioning in its complaint.

The Kiel-based shipyard announced on 20 January that it is exercising its right to file the complaint and call for the decision to be reviewed under German public procurement law, although it did not detail the exact grounds that have led to it questioning the legality of the selection.

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