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German Navy F124 Frigates
Unique and Indispensable Air Defense Capabilities

Andreas Uhl

The German navy's F124 air-defense frigates (also known as the Sachsen Class frigates) compare very favorably with the U.S. Navy Aegis cruisers and destroyers. No other warship of the western world can boast – as the F124 frigate does – three different guided missile systems which optimally translate the concept of defense-in-depth / layered defense into action.

This article describes and analyzes the air and missile defense capabilities of the F124 Class, including details of its sensor technology; and describes its role in NATO and Coalition naval operations.

The author, Andreas Uhl, is a German naval officer with extensive experience in the maritime air and missile defense sector.

F124 Frigates is published in cooperation with Marine Forum magazine, and is available exclusively as an e-book. Please click the link on this page to purchase and download from