BAAINBw press release
The minehunter vessels Dillingen, Homburg, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Fulda and Weilheim of the Frankenthal-class (MJ332) will be equipped with the most modern version of IMCMS (Integrated Mine Countermeasures System) between 2022 and 2025.
“By upgrading another five vessels to the latest-generation IMCMS, we are taking the next step toward standardizing the technology for mine countermeasures on the minehunter vessels as well as cross-sectional use of the IMCMS training and testing system,” said the responsible project manager at BAAINBw.
During minehunting, minehunter vessels travels along calculated paths through the minefield and detects suspicious objects. If the detection meets certain specifications, the Seefuchs mine destruction drone is deployed for classification or countermeasures. In certain situations, the embarked mine divers are also deployed.
As an indispensable prerequisite for secure operation during operations, exercises and training, the new IMCMS with all its hardware and software components complies with information security requirements.
Naval News comments
This modernization is part of a larger plan of renewal and upgrade of the German Navy’s (Deutsche Marine) fleet.