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WTD 71

Below you can find detailed information about the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Maritime Technology and Research in Eckernförde, Schleswig-Holstein. Learn more about its tasks, responsibilities and organizational structure, get contact details and directions.

WTD 71 Mission

The mission of the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Maritime Technology and Research (WTD 71) is to provide support to the Germany Navy on maritime issues of defense science and technology. Its scope of tasks comprises the entire range of maritime defense technology in all phases of the materiel development process. The focus of the activities is on the ship as an overall system and on the interaction of different components of this system in the maritime environment.

This Technical Center advises the Navy, BAAINBw and industry, providing technical expertise in all phases of the maritime equipment life cycle, which includes planning, implementation and in-service use. Furthermore, it is in charge of testing and accepting the parameters that have previously been contractually agreed. WTD 71 performs the task of specialized technical supervision for all fielded Navy weapon systems and it represents the Federal Republic of Germany in international bodies. In addition, this Technical Center is responsible for a variety of research and technology tasks for navy-specific equipment including corresponding weapon systems.

In many fields, WTD 71 cooperates closely with other Bundeswehr research and test centers. This allows making optimum use of the existing resources and avoiding redundancies regarding expert capabilities or test facilities.

WTD 71 Tasks

The expertise of WTD 71 is the result of the know-how of the roughly 650 men and women working at this Technical Center. The 200 graduate scientists and engineers, together with qualified and experienced technicians, tradesmen and mariners, form the most importance resource of this agency.

The highly specialized facilities of WTD 71, equipped with modern computerized systems for the collection and evaluation of measurement data, represent the current state of the art. Simulations and studies are carried out with the appropriate hardware and software.

Owing to the mission of the German Navy and the geographical conditions, WTD 71 has an outstanding competence in the use of ships, boats and naval equipment in coastal and shallow waters. This specialized knowledge is gaining increasing importance world-wide in view of new scenarios in the use of crisis-reaction forces.

Fields of Activity of WTD 71:

  • SHIP SIGNATURES
  • TORPEDO TECHNOLOGY
  • TORPEDO DEFENSE
  • SEA MINES / SEA MINE DEFENSE
  • WATER TECHNOLOGY AND LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT
  • COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS
  • COMMUNICATIONS
  • INTEGRATION OF NAVAL WEAPON SYSTEMS
  • SONAR TECHNOLOGY
  • RECONNAISSANCE / ELECTRONIC WARFARE
  • NAVIGATION
  • SHIPBUILDING
  • MARINE ENGINEERING
  • MARINE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
  • UNDERWATER DETONICS


WTD 71 facilities

  • Earth magnetic field simulator for ships and submarines to determine their magnetic protection
  • Magnetic item ranging facility for measurements on components during the construction phase of a unit
  • Mobile magnetic ranging system for testing the magnetic protection level of the ships/boats deployed in crisis areas
  • Measurement sites for acoustic emissions of ships and boats in shallow and deep waters
  • Underwater and above-water tracking ranges
  • Vessel exclusion area for underwater contact explosion testing
  • Underwater test facility for refining the own metrology
  • Torpedo firing range in an area that can be activated as a vessel exclusion area
  • Simulation test facilities (e.g. test stands for shock and vibration, climate, resistance to corrosion, flammability)
  • Ship engineering test stands of various kinds
  • Test sites for air targets, surface targets and projectiles
  • A fleet of nine modern research and trial vessels including the PLANET research vessel

WTD 71 Organizational Structure

WTD 71 is organized into one Staff element, five divisions, one "Engineering and Operational Services" element and one "Economic and Administrative Services" element. The Staff element is assigned to the Director of WTD 71. It performs the major business administration control functions of the Technical Center: controlling, scheduling of work, and cost & performance responsibility. In addition, the Staff element coordinates public relations activities, training and education activities and diving and ship operations of the WTD's own fleet. It also ensures that the certification of the quality management system in accordance with ISO 9001 is maintained.

The five divisions are subdivided into branches, which perform the operational functions of the Technical Center. This is where the technical and trial-related tasks and the research & technology projects are mainly carried out.



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How to get to WTD 71

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The Bundeswehr Technical Center for Ships and Naval Weapons, Maritime Technology and Research (WTD 71) is based in Eckernförde in Schleswig-Holstein. The Eckernförde site is split up into two facilities – Eckernförde#de/North and Eckernförde#de/South. Other Technical Center facilities are situated outside Eckernförde, in Borgstedt, Kiel-Ellerbek, Kiel-Friedrichsort, Plön, Aschau, Schwedeneck and Elpersbüttel.

This is where you will find: Management, administration, planning and controlling, cost accounting, ship projects, ship signatures, torpedo technology (including torpedo firing range), command & control systems, sonar technology, underwater tracking range, information technology, media center, preparatory work, design.

How to get there: Take the A7 motorway and exit at Büdelsdorf#de/Rendsburg#de towards Eckernförde, then follow the B 203 via Wittensee to Eckernförde. At the 4th traffic light, turn right towards Kiel. About two kilometers later, on your left, you will find the Eckernförde#de/South facility.

Eckernförde#de/North is home to: Naval operations (including trial ships and WTD-owned port), central workshops, training workshop, materiel depot, mine technology, mine defense, test authority for navy-specific ammunition and explosives.

How to get there: Take the A7 motorway and exit at Büdelsdorf#de/Rendsburg#de towards Eckernförde, then follow the B 203 via Wittensee to Eckernförde. At the 4th traffic light, turn left onto the B 76 towards Schleswig. At the 3rd light turn right into Noorstraße (Volkswagen#de/DIY store) and continue to the next junction. There, turn left into Gäthjestraße. At the next traffic light, turn right into Vogelsang. Continue straight ahead along the coast. Having passed the yachting club, you will reach our Eckernförde#de/North facility.

Kiel-Ellerbek is home to: Testing of naval technology, ship propulsion and auxiliary systems, on-board electrical components, airborne and structure-borne noise, seismology, hydrodynamics, environmental simulation (shock, vibration, climate and corrosion).

How to get there: The best way to reach Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, is by taking the A 7, via the B 404 or the B 76. The Kiel-Ellerbek facility is on the grounds of the Naval Arsenal, Kiel, and located directly next to the HDW shipyard. Once in Kiel, follow the numerous signposts. Head for OSTUFER - HDW - MARINEARSENAL. The signposts will lead you directly to the Kiel-Ellerbek facility. 

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