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S-Boot Klasse 143 ("S 61 - Albatros")

S-Boot Klasse 143 ("S 61 - Albatros")

 

Technical Data

Shipyards Lürssen and Kröger
Units built 10
from/to 1973 - 1976
Commissioned from/to 1976 - 2002
Displacement 390 t
Length 57,6 m
Beam 7,8 m
Draught 2,5 m
Propulsion 4 x MTU 16-V-956 (each 4000 HP)
Shafts/Propellers 4 - 4
Speed 38 kts
Complement  40 (4 Off, 5 Chiefs, 14 Pettis, 17 Ratings
Armament
4 x MM 38 Starters (S/S-Missiles)
2 x rear Torpedotubes (Torpedo SEAL)
2 x 76 mm/L 62 Guns OTO Melara

Gun OTO Melara 76 mm - Picture: Rudi Hansen

Firing of a Torpedos SEAL from S-Boat Class 143 - Picture: Archives Förderverein

Startcontainer MM 38 EXOCET - Picture: Rudi Hansen

Startcontainer MM 38 EXOCET - Picture: Hans Heinrich Jürgens

Start of a MM 38 EXOCET - Picture: Archives Förderverein

 

Specials

The boats had an automatic command and control system "Automatisiertes Gefechts- und Informationssystem" (AGIS) with data exchange via Link 11, ABC-Protection, Hot Dog and Wolke for missile-defence. Since 1992 retrofitting with a system for electronic warfare OCTOPUS, to start with only on five boats but after decommissioning 3. S-Squad on all boats.

In Denmark this class counts as Class S 61 "Albatros" with 20 boats and includes two German classes i.e. Class 143 "Albatros" and Class 143 A "Gepard". Although the boats have the same hull and propulsion, they are so different in superstructure, armament, ECM-equipment and Command and Control hardware and software, that the owner - the German Navy - gave them different class-indications.

S 64 Bussard

Classes S-Boat 143 (Albatros) and S-Boat 143 a (Gepard) are in international context called "S 61-Class" although the boats are different in weapon-fit, bridgehouse and mast.