Publication: News24 Issued: Date: 2004-03-15 Reporter: Tisha Steyn

Stealth Ship Delivered




Date 2004-03-15


Tisha Steyn

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Hamburg - The SAS Spioenkop, a MEKO A-200 type vessel built in the Hamburg shipyard of Blohm+Voss, was officially handed over to the navy on Monday.

The ship is part of a four-corvette package being built jointly by Blohm+Voss in collaboration with Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipbuilders in Kiel.

The corvette, built to a modern stealth design to avoid enemy radar detection, will be moved to Kiel at the beginning of April for further work before being transferred to South Africa to be outfitted with weapons and specific electronic systems.

In addition to the stealth features, the MEKO A-200 class is characterised by the propulsion system, which comprises a water-jet drive in addition to two propellers.

This class of ship is characterised by its lack of funnel.

Exhaust fumes from the diesel engines and gas turbines are instead cooled and released below or just above the waterline, making the corvette almost invisible for infrared systems.

The final corvette in the navy package is being completed in HDW yards in Kiel and is expected to be handed over to the navy in June.

With acknowledgements to Sapa, Tisha Steyn and News24.