KM Luchs (FB-1928)


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Flottenbegleiter translates to Fleet Escort. Not convoy escort, though they were used in that role when necessary. These ships were built to undertake the roles of anti-aircraft and anti-submarine escorts to the large fleet units. Their roles were kept distinct by the absence of torpedoes. These ships were equivalent to the fastest frigates. The ships were designed for deep sea work and had a speed that allowed them to operate with the battlefleet. Long range was achieved by utilising diesel engines for the power plant.

The Germanic States Navy built a series of these craft utilising the same hull and propulsion systems with slight differences in armament up till the last in the series where the armament changed dramatically with the fitting of the radar controlled 3.5" automatic turrets and 30mm automatic tripple and twin turrets. The anti-aircraft armament had reached its peak. Over 30 of the class was completed in a 15 year period.


Displacement 1,200 tons std, 1,700 full load
Length 296 ft
Breadth 33 ft
Draught 12.5 ft
Machinery 2 shaft diesel engines 30,000ihp
Speed 32 knots
Range 8000 miles at 18 knots
Armour nil
Armament As at 1940

4 x 88mm/L56 (4x1)

4 x 37mm (2x2)

8 x 20mm (1x4 4x1)

1944 version

4 x 88mm/L70 (2x2)

13 x 30mm (3x3 2x2)

2 x 20mm (2x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil
Complement 150
Notes KM Luchs

KM Falke

KM Leopard

KM Albatros

KM Greif

KM Kondor

KM Mowe

KM Seadler

KM Iltis

KM Jaguar

KM Tiger

KM Wolf


Quad 20mm Flakvierling mounting.


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