Frigate FS Amiral Ronarc'h (D 660)

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Basic information

Amiral Ronarc'h
Country of build:
Laid down:

Ship measurements

4,460 t
122 m
17.7 m


Propulsion system:
  • Combined diesel and diesel arrangement
  • Total output: 32,000 kW (43,000 shp)
  • 2 shafts / 2 propellers
27 knots
5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)



Combat assets

  • Thales Sea Fire 500 multi-function Active electronically scanned array radar, S-band
  • Kingklip Mark 1115 hull sonar, CAPTAS-4 towed sonar, CANTO anti torpedo decoys
  • 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
  • 2 * dual torpedo tubes with EuroTorp MU90 Impact torpedoes
  • 1 * NH90 or Guépard Marine (H160M) helicopter equipped with torpedoes, air-to-surface missiles, and/or heavy machine gun; and SDAM UAV;

The French Defence Ministry announced the attribution to DCNS of a contract for the development and construction of five intermediate-size frigates (FTIs) intended for the French Navy on 21 April 2017.

The lead ship being named Admiral Ronarc'h. First steel was cut in October 2019 beginning construction on the lead unit. The lead ship was laid down on 17 December 2021.

The new frigate, will be equipped with electronic systems and sensors developed by Thales and will be equipped with Aster 30 missiles from MBDA Aster 15/30.

The SEA FIRE all-digital multi-function radar with four fixed antennas, which will meet the requirements of a broad range of missions, from ship self-defence to extended air defence, and can deploy MBDA Aster 15/30; first SEA FIRE radar delivered for integration in first FDI unit in April 2021.

The compact version of the CAPTAS-4 towed-array sonar, delivers the same ultra-long-range detection performance as the original version of CAPTAS-4 with 20% lower weight and a footprint almost 50% smaller, claimed to be the best in its class by Thales.

The Aquilon integrated digital communications system, and an IFF (Identification Friend of Foe) associated with the SEA FIRE radar

The SENTINEL system, an advanced digital electronic warfare system built around a modular architecture.

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