Amiral Ronarc’h-class frigate

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Basic information

Type:
Country of build:
Planned:
8

Ship measurements

Displacement:
4,460 t
Length:
122 m
Beam:
17.7 m

Machine

Propulsion system:
Propulsion:
  • Combined diesel and diesel arrangement
  • Total output: 32,000 kW (43,000 shp)
Speed:
27 knots
Range:
5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Personnel

Complement:
110

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Search & track radar: Thales Sea Fire 500 multi-function Active electronically scanned array radar, S-band
  • Sonar: Kingklip Mark 1115 hull sonar, CAPTAS-4 towed sonar, CANTO anti torpedo decoys
Armament:
  • 1 * Oto Melara 76 mm Super Rapid gun (mounted in stealth cupola)
  • 2 * Nexter Narwhal 20 mm RWS
  • 8 * Exocet MM-40 Block 3
  • 2 * Sylver A50 8-cell VLS for 16 MBDA Aster 15/30 surface-to-air missiles (French vessels)
  • 4 * Sylver A50 8-cell VLS for 32 MBDA Aster 15/30 (Greek vessels)
  • 1 * Mk31 21-cell launcher of RAM Block 2B surface-to-air missiles (Greek vessels)
  • 2 * dual torpedo tubes with EuroTorp MU90 Impact torpedoes
Aircraft:
  • 1 * NH90 or Guépard Marine (H160M) helicopter equipped with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles, and/or heavy machine gun; and SDAM UAV;
  • 1 * MH-60R in Greek Service

Defence and Intervention Frigate or FDI, also known as the Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire (English: Medium-Size Frigate) or FTI, is a planned class of French frigates. As of February 2022, five ships have been ordered for the French Navy, with the lead ship being named «Amiral Ronarc'h», and an additional three for the Hellenic Navy.

First steel was cut in October 2019, beginning construction on the lead unit. The lead ship was laid down on 17 December 2021. Commissioning is planned from 2024 onwards.

The Intermediate Frigate (FTI) program responds to the need for a fleet of fifteen first-class frigates and allows the French Navy to operate in a crisis zone, as recommended in the White Paper on Defense and National Security of 2013. These frigates join the ten examples of the FREMM multipurpose frigate (Aquitaine) class and Horizon class.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian announced the launch of the program on 29 May 2015 at the naval aviation base in Lann-Bihoué (Ploemeur, Morbihan). A total of five ships are planned for production, with delivery of the first taking the place within the time period originally planned for the last three planned Aquitaine-class frigates. In 2021 it was reported that work on the second and third frigates in the series would be accelerated with first steel cut for modules of the second ship of the class envisaged for October. The subsequent deal between France and Greece in 2021 to supply three FDI-class frigates to the Hellenic Navy meant that these two vessels would now be built for the Hellenic Navy. This pushed the delivery date for the next ships in the French Navy to 2026 and 2027.

These ships will incrementally supersede the La Fayette-class frigates ship for ship, in the role of first rank frigates. In the interim, a modernization of three vessels in the La Fayette class is being undertaken to extend their useful lives into the early 2030s.

According to Admiral Bernard Rogel and the Direction générale de l'Armement, the FDI are being endowed with significant anti-aircraft capabilities with active antenna radar and fixed planes, anti-submarine means (helicopter and towed sonar), and would have a displacement of 4,000 to 4,500 tonnes (3,900 to 4,400 long tons).

Greece

Greece signed an agreement with France's Naval Group to purchase three FDI frigates with an option for one more for the Hellenic Navy as part of a $5 billion defence package.

It was reported that the Hellenic Navy ships would eventually carry a more extensive weapons fit with launch tubes capable of carrying up to 32 Aster-30 air defence missiles (in 4 Sylver A-50 or 3 A-50 and 1 A-70 for 8 MdCN missile. This will permit the Hellenic Navy eventually to operate three ships with 32 aerial defence missiles plus 21 point defence missiles being also equipped with one Mk31 21-cell launcher of RAM Block 2B surface-to-air missiles, 8 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missiles, 2 dual launchers MU90 torpedoes and CANTO torpedo countermeasures. Two of the vessels, destined for the French Navy in 2025, now will be delivered to the Hellenic Navy. The date of the construction agreement was anticipated to be at late 2021 or early 2022. In December 2021 it was reported that an agreement for construction had been signed by France and Greece with the actual contract for the construction of the ships having been signed on 24 March 2022. In February 2022, documents released by the Greek Parliament indicated that initially the first two frigates for the Hellenic Navy would be equipped similar to their French counterparts in a «Standard-1» configuration (with 16 Sylver A50 cells). By 2027 the two ships would be upgraded to a «Standard-2» configuration with 32 A-50 cells as well as with the RAM Block 2B. The third Hellenic Navy frigate would be built from the outset in the «Standard-2» configuration.

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