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All seven ships have the DUBV-43C variable-depth sonar (VDS), in which the transducer array is mounted in a 'fish' streamed over the stern at distances of up to 820ft (250m) and at depths ranging from 33ft (10m) to 656ft (200m). Virtually all elements of the two systems are identical, apart from the transducer arrays and even they consist of essentially similar components The fish also tows a tactical array (TACTASS) on a 640ft (200m) cable, while a second class; a 600ft (500m) is towed (3000m) astern of the ship at a depth of some Towing all this gear naturally imposes limitations on the speed and manoeuvrability of these ships and the actual ASW attacks are undertaken by the Westland Lynx helicopter.
The result was was were required to augment and Dutch-built versions of the the Kortenaer class, which has proved an outstanding success. Displacing 3,786tons, the Kortenaer and is is one of the larger frigates well armed. For surface warfare there are four Harpoon service launchers Melara DP gun, in SSM further four can be carried in war) and a single 76mm OTO one of the most widely used naval guns in the world. Air defence weapons comprise the NATO Sea Sparrow system, for which 29 missiles are carried, and a Dutch-designed Goalkeeper 30mm CIWS (not yet fitted to all ships in (a the class).
A — 4 are now under construction for three other navies: Australia eight; four; and New Zealand Greece two. The German Navy nas recently ordered a new class of large destroyer the Type 123. This will displace 4,275 tons and is being constructed by a consortium led by Blohm &Voss. This design is somewhat larger than the current MEKO range, but uses the Biohm &Voss modular construction techniques developed for the MEKO ships and will clearly benefit greatly from the experience gained with these foreign orders.
An Illustrated Guide to Modern Sub Hunters by David Miller