Rheinmetall, a European defence contractor, and missile developers MBDA Deutschland have reached an agreement with the German Navy to supply the weapon. The laser will be mounted on a corvette ship – most likely a K130, UK Defence Journal reports. A press release said: “The details and division of responsibilities between the two companies will be determined as soon as the performance specification is made available by the Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support, Germany’s military procurement agency.”
Peter Heilmeieri of MBDA Deutschland said: “Cooperation between Rheinmetall and MBDA will be particularly beneficial for the Bundeswehr.
“Both companies will be leveraging their respective special strengths to make this German Navy project a resounding success.”
Werner Krämer of Rheinmetall said the laser would offer “tactical possibilities” to the German Navy.
He said: “We’re going to be cooperating very closely to put the military potential of laser technology to work for the Bundeswehr, boosting its operational readiness and combat effectiveness.
“Compared to other countries, too, our two companies possess extraordinary capabilities.
“Lasers offer new tactical possibilities on land, at sea and in the air.
“In partnership with the German Navy, we want to press ahead with this new technology.”
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