|S-Boats in the Federal Navy - Class 143 A|
S-Boot Klasse 143 A ("S 71 - Gepard")
S-Boat Class 143 A ("S 71 - Gepard")
Gun OTO Melara 76 mm - Picture: Rudi Hansen
Short range missile-starter RAM Mk 49 - Picture: Rudi Hansen
Startcontainer MM 38 EXOCET - Picture: Rudi Hansen
Starcontainer MM 38 EXOCET - Picture: Hans Heinrich Jürgens
Firing of a MM 38 EXOCET - Picture: Archives Förderverein
Firing of Hot Dog from a Boat Class 143 A - Picture: Bernd Etzold
The boats had an automatic command and control system "Automatisiertes Gefechts- und Informationssystem" (AGIS) with data exchange via Link 11, an Electronic Warfare System FL 1800, ABC-Protection, Hot Dog and Wolke for missile-defence.
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-Boot Class 143 A
Classes S-Boat 143 (Albatros) and S-Boat 143 a (Gepard) are in international context also called "S 61-Class" although the boats are different in weapon-fit, superstructure and mast.