MEKO Energy Saving Hull

At MSPO 2015, the International Defence Industry Exhibition in Poland which took place in Kielce from the 1 to 4 September 2015, German naval vessels designer ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) unveiled a new variant of the MEKO A-100 PL with a unique
The new MEKO A-100 design unveiled at MSPO 2015. The variant shown here is the Mine Counter Measures (MCM) one.

NavyRecognition is reporting that the German ship builder ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), is offering a new hull form for its OPC- sized MEKO A-100 to meet Poland’s projected requirement for six Offshore Patrol Vessels. It is claimed that the new design will allow the ship to go 1.5 knots faster with no increase in installed power.

Two major differences are apparent,

  1. The raked stem and bulbous bow are replaced by a vertical stem which appears to provide a longer water line length.
  2. The fin stabilizers are missing.

Increasing waterline length does have the effect of decreasing wave making resistance which is predominant at higher speeds. Conversely increased length tends to result in  increased wetted area which would make ships less efficient as slower speeds by increasing skin friction. Deleting the fin stabilizers would have the benefit of reducing wetted surfaces. There may also be some less obvious changes, not apparent in the artist’s rending.

The original post has a nice side by side comparison of the conventional corvette and TKMS’s proposal to meet Poland’s Mine Countermeasures OPV requirement.

9 thoughts on “MEKO Energy Saving Hull

    • Like I said, these are OPC sized (on the small size) but they may not meet the CG requirements for seakeeping and they would need to be modified to meet the range requirement.

      To late to get these in the OPC competition anyway. Was a little surprise one of the original competitors did not offer a version of the MEKO design.

  1. A fascinating set of features in the mine variant. Look at the weapons and sensor suite. Plus what amounts to a FLEXDECK. A crane and boats in davits are icing on the cake to me~

    Only proving once again that the “LCS nee SSC nee FF Something” approach being taken by the USN is myopic aka NIH. This should be considered as the follow-on.

    • I’m on the same boat with you on that one leesea. I think the Meko A-100, Blohm+Voss MEKO® A-200 Class Frigate or even the Blohm+Voss MEKO® 600 Class Escort Frigate would make the next follow on for the LCS. Mind you also that the Blohm+Voss Class MEKO® A100 Corvette is also the Irsaelis Next Frigate., though I think they should have gone with the Blohm+Voss MEKO® A-200 Class Frigate instead of the Blohm+Voss Class MEKO® A100 Corvette.

      • The Polish Navy is getting what it wants. The US Navy is buying what it doesn’t need at a huge cost and too far out in the future.

      • Which Sadly leesea, the US Navy doesn’t know what it wants and may never will unless someone slaps some reality into the US Navy.

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