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Rohde & Schwarz has been awarded a contract to provide the R&S KORA system for communication and radar Electronic Support Measures (ESM) on the new German F126 frigates.

According to information released by the company, R&S KORA is a powerful intercept and analysis system that detects, identifies and tracks complex and broadband radar emissions, as well as communication transmissions. The system combines detection results from different signals for a comprehensive picture of the situation, covering the entire electromagnetic spectrum for an environment with high sensitivity and a long detection range. R&S KORA is to create improved situational awareness for increased early warning capability.

A Damen-led team is building four new F126 frigates for the German Navy together with Blohm+Voss and Thales. This contract increases the participation of the German naval industry in the F126 project. The first-of-class is expected to be handed over to the German Navy in 2028.