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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 support the German Navy in matters concerning maritime aspects of defense technology and military science. The responsibilities of WTD 71 cover the entire range of naval defense technology during all phases of the development/acquisition process of defense materiel. The main focus of activities is the ship as an overall system, as well as the interaction of various components of this system in a maritime environment. 

The Technical Center provides professional expertise to the Navy, BAAINBw and industry through all phases from pre-phase to service use. It is responsible for integrated compliance demonstration. The Technical Center gives technical support for fielded naval weapon systems and represents the Federal Republic of Germany in international committees. Furthermore, WTD 71 performs a variety of R&TResearch and Technology tasks for navy-specific equipment including the corresponding weapon systems. 

In many areas, WTD 71 cooperates closely with other Bundeswehr research and test centers. This arrangement helps make the best possible use of all available resources and avoids redundancies in terms of specialists and test facilities.

WTD 71 Tasks

WTD 71’s competence is the result of its highly specialized facilities in conjunction with the expertise of its 600 staff members. The 200 graduate scientists and engineers, together with qualified and experienced technicians, craftspersons and mariners, are the most important resource of the agency. 

WTD 71 is equipped with state-of-the-art data acquisition and evaluation systems, within budgetary limits. Simulations and studies are carried out with the appropriate hardware and software.

Owing to its geographic location and in accordance with the mission of the German Navy, the Technical Center is exceedingly competent in the operation of ships and naval equipment in coastal and shallow waters. This specialized knowledge is gaining global importance with a view to new scenarios in the deployment of crisis response forces. 

Fields of Activity of WTD 71:

  • Ship signatures
  • Torpedo technology
  • Torpedo defense
  • Sea mines / sea mine defense
  • Sonar technology
  • Command and control systems
  • Communications
  • Navigation
  • Reconnaissance / electronic warfare
  • Electromagnetic interoperability
  • Integration of naval weapon systems
  • Shipbuilding
  • Marine engineering
  • Marine electrical engineering
  • Underwater detonics
  • Water technology and lifesaving equipment

WTD 71 facilities

  • Large simulator of Earth’s magnetic field for ships and submarines to determine their magnetic protection
  • Large single magnetic measuring system to measure components during the construction phase of a unit
  • Mobile ship measurement range for inspection of the magnetic protection level of ships/boats deployed in crisis areas
  • Measurement sites for acoustic emissions from ships and boats in shallow and deep waters
  • Underwater and above-water tracking ranges
  • Test area for underwater contact explosion
  • Underwater test facility
  • Torpedo firing range
  • Simulation test sites (e.g. shock, vibration, climate, resistance to corrosion, flammability)
  • Various kinds of test stands for ships
  • Test sites for air and surface targets, and projectiles
  • A fleet of nine modern trial ships and boats, including the research vessel "Planet”

Organizational Structure of WTD 71

WTD 71 is organized into one Staff element, five divisions, one Engineering/Operational Services element and one Economic/Administrative Services element. The Staff element is assigned to the Director of the Technical Center. It is responsible for the main economic control elements of the Technical Center: controlling, scheduling of work, and cost and performance responsibility. 

The five divisions are in charge of the operational branches of the Technical Center. They mainly carry out technical and trial-related tasks, as well as research & technology projects.

While the Engineering/Operational Services element includes all the technical support services, the administrative elements of the Technical Center are grouped together in the Economic/Administrative Services element.

Details on the organizational structure of the Technical Center can be found in the organizational chart of WTD 71.


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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/North and Eckernförde/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/Rendsburg 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/South facility.

Eckernförde/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/Rendsburg 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/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/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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