The French frigate MN Aquitaine at port on December 14th, 2013.

The Aquitaine-class frigates are a class of seventeen frigates that being built for the Marine Nationale. The Aquitaine-class will replace the nine D'Estienne d'Orves-class avisos, nine Tourville and Georges Leygues-class ASW frigates, and two Cassard-class air warfare destroyers on a one-to-one basis. They will be complimented by the Entente-class frigates.

Specifications[edit | edit source]

  • Type: Multirole Frigate
  • Service Period: 2011-Present
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 466 feet (142.04 meters)
    • Beam: 66 feet (20.12 meters)
    • Draught: 16 feet (4.88 meters)
    • Displacement: 6,000 tons
  • Complement: 145
  • Crew: 108
  • Propulsion: GE/Avio LM 2500 G4 gas turbine 32 MW, 2 EPM Jeumont 2,25 MW, 4 Diesel Generators MAN X 2.1 MW: CODLOG combination
  • Range: 6,800 miles (10,994 kilometers) at 15 knots (27.78 km/hr)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Héraklès RDF
    • SETIS combat system
    • SOFRESUD Quick Pointing Devices "QPD"
    • Sagem Najir fire control system for the 76mm gun
    • Terma Scanter 2001 RDF
    • Thales Artemis IRST
    • Thales UMS 4410 CL hull ASDIC
    • Thales UMS 4249 CAPTAS4 towed ASDIC
    • Thales TUUM-6 Underwater Telephone
  • Countermeasures
    • NGDS decoy launcher
    • SLAT anti-torpedo system
    • Sigen RECM jammer
  • Armament
    • 1 x Otobreda 76mm Super Rapid Gun
    • 1 x 16-cell SYLVER A43 VLS (fires Aster 15 AAMs)
    • 1 x 16-cell SYLVER A70 VLS (fires SCALP Naval Cruise Missiles)
    • 8 x MM40 Exocet Block III AShMs
    • 2 x Nexter 20mm Narwhal remotely operate guns
    • MU 90 torpedoes with Calzoni THS (Torpedo Handling System)
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x NHIndustries NH-90, can carry the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin, Eurocopter AS.532 Cougar, and Eurocopter EC.725 Caracal

Unit Run[edit | edit source]

France[edit | edit source]

  • MN Aquitaine (D650)
  • MN Normandie (D651)
  • MN Picardy (D652)
  • MN Languedoc (D653)
  • MN Auvergne (D654) - fitting out
  • MN Alsace (D655) - fitting out
  • MN Saintes (D656) - under construction
  • MN Lorraine (D657) - under construction
  • MN Corsica (D658) - planned for construction
  • MN Maine (D659) - planned for construction
  • MN Foix (D660) - planned for construction
  • MN Béarn (D661) - planned for construction
  • MN Touraine (D662) - planned for construction
  • MN Orléanais (D663) - planned for construction
  • MN Roussillon (D664) - planned for construction
  • MN Flandre (D665) - planned for construction
  • MN Gascogne (D666) - planned for construction

Egypt[edit | edit source]

  • Tahya Misr
  • Unnamed

Morocco[edit | edit source]

  • Mohammed VI (F701)
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