French Navy La Fayette-class frigates to get upgrades

The French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) has awarded DCNS a contract to renovate three of the five La Fayette-class frigates (FLF) currently in service with the French Navy.

The renovation work, which will start in 2020, will be performed in Toulon and synchronised with the scheduled overhauls of the frigates.

The first renovated FLF will be delivered in 2021.

DCNS will renew the ships’ platform and the combat systems. Work will include renovation of electronic and IT systems used to manage the vessel’s installations (propulsion, steering gear, power generation…).

The frigates’ current combat command system will be replaced by a version derived from the one used on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, the tactical data links will be modernised and the CROTALE anti-air warfare system will be replaced by 2 renovated SADRAL launchers.

Lastly, the La Fayette-class Frigates will be equipped with an anti-submarine capacity, with the integration of a hull-mounted sonar and anti-torpedo countermeasures.

“DCNS thanks the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) for its confidence and welcomes this notification related to the platform and combat system modernization of the La Fayette class frigates,” Nathalie Smirnov, Head of Services at DCNS declared. “These operations are major and have never been realized so far on this kind of frigate. This modernization perfectly enhances DCNS’ role and know-how as integrator and modernizator of many systems on the French Navy’s vessels.”

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*Note no info on sonar model or any other upgrades

DCNS Wins French Navy La Fayette-class Frigate Upgrade Program

The French Procurement Agency (DGA) awarded to French shipbuilding group DCNS the upgrade contract for three of the five La Fayette-class Frigates in service with the French Navy (Marine Nationale). Source

SADRAL launcher

The SADRAL is a pedestal mounted six round launcher for naval use. SADRAL stands for Système d’AutoDéfense Rapprochée Anti-aérienne Légère, which is French for light short range anti-aircraft self-defence system. The SADRAL is a remotely operated system with three missiles on each side and optronics on top. Source

MISTRAL urface-to-air missile

The Mistral is a fire and forget, short range surface-to-air missile designed to engage air threats. The Mistral has been designed to be launched from a wide range of systems such as MCP, ALBI, MANPADS, SIMBAD, ATLAS, SIGMA, SADRAL, TETRAL and ATAM. The Mistral missile is able to engage a supersonic target flying at 3,000 meters of altitude. Mistral is being used for point defense, ship self-defense, defense of mobile units and air-to-air engagements (ATAM). It is provided with an imaging Infrared seeker and a blast fragmentation warhead detonated by a proximity laser fuze. The Mistral 1 is the baseline missile and the Mistral 2 is the improved, most recent, currently in production model. MBDA has produced more than 15,000 Mistral missiles for 25 countries.

Diameter: 90 millimeter (3.54 inch)
Length: 1,860 millimeter (73 inch)
Wingspan: 180 millimeter (7.09 inch)
Max Range: 6,000 meter (3.24 nautical mile)
Min Range: 500 meter (0.27 nautical mile)
Target’s Max Altitude: 3,000 meter (1.86 mile)
Top Speed: 2.44 mach (2,917 kph)
Launch Unit Weight: 22.5 kilogram (50 pound)
Warhead: 3 kilogram (6.61 pound)
Weight: 19.5 kilogram (43 pound)


La Fayette Class Frigate: Details


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