Navantia offers F-110 class frigates to the Hellenic Navy

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Navantia's F-110 illustration for the Hellenic Navy

Navantia has committed to the delivery of 4 new frigates for the Hellenic Navy fleet and the modernization of the Hydra Class within the highly demanding Hellenic Navy schedule, Navantia announced with a press release.

The new frigates include their latest smart frigate design, the F-110, set to become the backbone of the Spanish Navy. The F-110 embeds cutting-edge naval technologies along with its innovative production and operation capabilities. These innovations include full interoperability with European and US systems, latest-generation weapons and the use of a “digital twin” that allows operational simulation and evaluation.

Navantia will partner with the Greek shipbuilding industry and will boost the ecosystem of technology developers, engineering companies, industrial process contractors and equipment and materials suppliers in Greece. As a core part of the program, the Spanish shipbuilder presented an ambitious technology and capabilities transfer (ToT) plan to revitalize Greek shipbuilding capability.

The ToT plan not only involves industrial relationships but also building collaborations with universities and centres of excellence for innovation and workforce development. This plan is backed by the firm’s broad experience in developing capabilities for partner countries including Australia, Norway, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Navantia also plans to drive the necessary investment to redevelop Greek shipyard assets, helping to create a sustainable source of employment and economic growth for Greece.

To strengthen its ties with Greek industry, Navantia is launching an Industry Day web portal on the 9th of June to engage with the Greek shipbuilding and industrial ecosystem, onboarding local companies of all types and sizes. Its goals are presenting the program objectives, offering the opportunity for Greek companies to meet one-to-one with Navantia and signing agreements for collaboration.

“It is with great pride that we offer to Greece our most advanced frigate, the F-110, that represents a technological leap forward in capabilities that has already drawn international interest”, said Navantia’s Executive Chairman Ricardo Domínguez.

“Navantia has a broad experience in transfer of technology and capabilities building with partner countries, as we already proved in Australia, Norway and, more recently, Saudi Arabia. Our track record in this field and our willingness to partner with Greek industry add significant value to our proposal”, declared Javier Herrador, Commercial and Business Development Vice President.

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About F-110 class frigates:

The F-110 class also known as the Bonifaz class are a multi-purpose, anti-submarine class of Aegis combat system-fitted heavy frigates under development for the Spanish Navy. The project is being co-developed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence and the state-owned company Navantia. The construction of the frigates is to begin by 2020 and are scheduled to be delivered between 2023 and 2027.

The F-110 represents a substantial step forward towards the Smart Ship concept. The vessel integrates the best of industry 4.0 technologies, that will improve her construction, operation and life cycle management.

The F-110-class frigate will feature an advanced design with a high degree of automation. It will have a length of 145m, a beam of 18m and a draft of 5m. The displacement of the vessel will be 6,100t while the frigate will be manned by 150 crew members. The warship’s stern flight deck will accommodate a helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles. The vessel will also have the capability to carry directed energy weapons in the future.

The Lockheed Martin 16-cell Mk-41 Baseline VII vertical launch system on board the frigate will launch RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 that serves as the primary anti-air self-defence system. The VLS can also launch SAM Standard SM-2MR missiles. The frigate will be armed with RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, a Leonardo 127/64 LW Vulcano 5in/64 naval gun, and two Mk-32 Mod torpedo tubes.

It will also have nine double torpedo launchers for Mk-54 Mod torpedoes and four 12.7mm remote-controlled machine guns.

The frigate will be equipped with advanced sensors, including Rigel i110 radar electronic defence and the Regulus i110 communications interception systems, which will improve the vessel’s situational awareness capability.

The integrated sonar suite on board the warship will include the TUUM-6 underwater communication system, the BlueMaster (UMS 4110), and CAPTAS 4 compact sonars and the BlueScan digital acoustic system.

The vessel will be installed with solid-state S-band radar, which will be a part of the Aegis Weapon System (AWS) and SCOMBA combat management system, which will combine data from all sensors and weapons on board the frigate.

Prisma 25 X multifunction solid-state radar will support maritime surveillance and helicopter landing on the deck while tracking low-altitude aerial targets.

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