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F100 Alvaro de Bazan  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 19 September 2002
Total Production: 5
Unitary Cost: EUR€750 million   (USD$789 million)
Origin: Spain
Corporations: Navantia
Parent System: F100 Alvaro de Bazan
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 19 September 2002
Total Production: 5
Total Cost: USD$2.7 billion
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Description: The F100-class frigates have designed to provide area air defense against advanced airborne threats such as supersonic missiles and stealth aircraft with secondary capability against surface ships and submarines. These frigates will also perform as crisis management center and flag ship for the Spanish Navy or Multinational strike groups. According to Spanish Government Sources, they are also intended as a ship-based ballistic missile defense system, but that seems to be unrealistic due to SPY-1D limitations.

The Alvaro de Bazan ships are the first European warships mounting the AEGIS weapon system. Four AN/SPY-1D radar antennas have been provided to these ships as well as associated equipment. A 48-cell MK41 VLS has been installed on the stem deck of the F100 frigates containing Standard SM-2 Block IIIA and ESSM missiles. In addition 8 Harpoon missiles, torpedoes and a 127mm naval gun will provide anti-ship capability. A helicopter hangar and a flight deck located at the stern of the ship will make possible to operate a single SH-60B LAMPS III helicopter for anti-submarine (ASW) anti-surface warfare (ASuW).

The F100-class frigates will also feature two 20mm Meroka close-in weapon system and reduced radar cross section for improved survivability. There are plans to integrate the Fire Scout UAV into these ships but this option has not been confirmed yet.

The Spanish Navy has ordered 4 F100 frigates to enter service by 2005 replacing five aging Knox-class frigates currently in service. They will operate in both blue water and shallow water environments. In May 2005 the Spanish government approved the construction of the fifth F100-class frigate (F105) to be commissioned in 2012.

F100 Alvaro de Bazan Applications

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F100 Alvaro de Bazan Specifications

Crew: 229
Number of Weapons: 56
Beam: 17.5 meter (57 foot)
Draft: 9.80 meter (32.2 foot)
Length: 147 meter (481 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 127 millimeter
Max Range: 8,300 kilometer (4,482 nautical mile)
Total Combined Power: 47,500 shp (35.4 MW)
Cruise Speed: 18 knot (9.25 mps)
Top Speed: 28 knot (14.4 mps)
Full Displacement: 5,800 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F100 Alvaro de Bazan News

There are 10 news between
31 Aug 2004 and 17 May 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016Spanish Navy F110 Class Frigates to Incorporate S-Band Next Generation Radar
Tuesday, June 3, 2008FMS: Spain Requests Sale of 20 Block IV Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles
Wednesday, November 28, 2007EADS Delivered Two MIDS to the Spanish Ministry of Defence
Friday, June 22, 2007AEGIS BMD 3.6 Capabilty Tested Successfully by the US Navy
Wednesday, June 20, 2007Australia Selects Spanish Design for its Air Warfare Destroyer
Monday, June 18, 2007Joint Exercise Demonstrates US Navy, Spanish and Norwegian AEGIS Weapon System Readiness
Wednesday, March 28, 2007Raytheon Awarded Aegis Transmitter Groups Contract for Australia and Spain
Lockheed Martin Awarded Aegis Weapon System Contract for Australia and Spain
Tuesday, September 6, 2005FMS: Spain Seeks SM-1 Block VIB Missiles
Tuesday, August 31, 2004Lockheed-Martin Completes Land-based Testing of AEGIS BMD Capability

Operators & Related Equipment

Feb 20094

Grand Total 51
Cannons & Gear
Mk 41 Strike Length
MK 45 127/54x1
Defensive Weapons
Standard SM-2 Block IIIAx48
Standard SM-2 Block IIIBx48
Offensive Weapons
RGM-84D Harpoonx8
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
Support Aircraft
SH-60B Seahawkx1

F100 Alvaro de Bazan Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
F101 Alvaro de Bazan-19 Sep 2002-
F102 Almirante Juan de Borbon-3 Dec 2003-
F103 Blas de Lezo-16 Dec 2004-
F104 Mendez Nunez-21 Mar 2006-
F105 Cristobal Colon4 Nov 201023 Oct 2012-

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