Rohde & Schwarz has won a contract from Thales to provide its R&S KORA systems for integration onto the German Navy’s new F126 frigates.

Financial details of the mutual gain approach contract were not disclosed by the companies.

The intercept and analysis system will support communications and radar electronic support measures (ESM).

R&S KORA is designed to detect, recognise, and track complicated and broadband radar emissions and communications transmissions.

According to Rohde & Schwarz, the KORA system provides a complete picture of the scenario by integrating detection results gathered from various signals.

The system increases early warning detection capability through enhanced situational awareness.

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Rohde & Schwarz Government Solutions vice-president Wolfgang Marchl said: “Rohde & Schwarz welcomes the contract and has a longstanding history of providing radio communications reconnaissance systems to the German customer.

“R&S KORA enables acquisition, analysis and evaluation of radar and communications signals at sea, opening a new dimension of information.

“The system is modular and scalable, making it ideal for the German Navy and will support future complex operational requirements.”

The Damen-led team is building four new F126 frigates for the German Navy together with its partners Blohm+Voss and Thales.

The four ships will serve as multi-mission platforms and will be armed with a 127mm main gun with Vulcano extended-range precision ammunition.

The frigates will also feature medium and short-range anti-aircraft missiles, water cannons, heavy machine guns, and light marine guns.

In June this year, Damen Naval signed a contract with ship classification society DNV to provide certification services for the new F126 frigates.

The German Navy is expected to receive the first ship in 2028 in Hamburg.