Practice ammunition for new frigates

November 5, 2020 (Google Translation) – On November 4, the budget committee of the German Bundestag gave the green light for the procurement of practice ammunition for the frigates of the Baden-Württemberg class. The Bundeswehr can now conclude a framework agreement on the manufacture and delivery of training ammunition in the 127 millimeter caliber.

For around 33 million euros, around 7,000 training projectiles and propellant charges as well as reference ammunition will initially be commissioned. The framework agreement is expected to run between November 2020 and the end of 2027. The contract enables a total of up to 13,000 projectiles and the propellant charges required for this to be called up.

On the “Baden-Württemberg” and its sister ships of the F125 class, the 127 millimeter standard practice ammunition will mainly be used for training soldiers. This type of ammunition will also be used in the future when the on-board cannon is tested and calibrated after maintenance and repair work.

But the practice ammunition also has its purpose in action. When the weapon effect is less needed, but rather the deterrence of opponents through Show of Force – such as the classic shot across the bow – the class 125 frigates will in future have a further escalation level before the use of combat ammunition.

The standard training ammunition in full-caliber 127 millimeters is part of the 127 millimeter standard ammunition family. This consists of explosive, exercise and luminous projectiles. The practice ammunition is made up of two parts. It consists of an explosive-free training projectile and the propellant charge.

The project, approved by the budget committee of the German Bundestag on November 4, with a volume of around 33 million euros, was presented as a 25 million euros bill. This term includes all procurement and development projects of the Bundeswehr with an investment volume of 25 million euros or more. These require the separate approval of the budget committee of the German Bundestag before the contract is concluded.

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