LCS Alternatives-German Braunschweig Class Corvette
Our ongoing series, hopefully to inspire ship buyers and designers at the Navy Dept. From Naval-Technology.com:
The K130 corvettes are designed with stealth features, low draft, and highly automated weapons and defence systems to support littoral warfare and particularly for operations of a multi-national crisis reaction force.
The corvettes have a continuous maximum speed of over 26kt and a cruising range of more than 2,500nm. The displacement is about 1,580t, overall length 88m and breadth 13.2m. The K130 corvettes have an endurance of seven days or, with tender support, 21 days.
A high level of automation and integration, including the automated and integrated bridge, allows the corvettes to be operated by a crew of 50. Some important technologies featured in the type 124 frigates have been incorporated into the K130, including network technology with distributed computer software for weapon, command and control systems.
According to Wikipedia, the German Navy has 5 ships built or building, with a further squadron of 5 planned after 2008.