F310 Fridtjof Nansen
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
Also Known As: F85
Parent System: F310 Fridtjof Nansen
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): April 2006
Total Production: 5
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Description: The F310-class frigates have been designed to provide Anti-Air Warfare (AAW) and Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capabilities. A flight deck and a hangar will be provided for a single NH90 helicopter. The ship will also feature ESSM surface-to-air missiles and the AEGIS weapon system with the downsized AN/SPY-1F radar antenna. The F310-class frigates will be the first warship all over the world integrating the SPY-1F antenna.
The F310-class frigates will also feature reduced radar cross section for improved survivability. The Norwegian Navy ordered five Nansen-class frigates with deliveries beginning in 2005 through 2009. These frigates will be built between Spain, IZAR as main integrator, and Norway.
On February 17, 2005, Lockheed-Martin released that jointly with IZAR the first AEGIS weapon system aboard the Fridtjof Nansen frigate successfully underwent initial activation at IZAR's shipyards in Ferrol, Spain. This event marked the beginning of the integrated weapon system testing for the F310-class frigates.
On April 5, 2006 the first Fridtjof Nansen frigate was handed over to the Royal Norwegian Navy after six years since the program inception in 2000. The official ceremony took place at Ferrol shipyards in Northern Spain.
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