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FREMM ASM  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 28 November 2012
Total Production: 10
Unitary Cost: USD$500 million
Also Known As: Aquitaine, Frégate Européenne MultiMissione and Mohammed VI
Origin: France
Corporations: Armaris*, DCNS and Thales   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: FREMM
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 28 November 2012
Total Production: 23
Total Cost: USD$10.0 billion
Family Members: FREMM ASW, FREMM FREDA and FREMM GP
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Description: The European Multi-Mission Frigates (FREMM) is a joint program between France and Italy to develop and commission a new generation frigate by 2012. The FREMM is available in four versions following the requirements of both countries Navies. France requires the FREMM ASM anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface (ASuW) warfare frigate with capabilities to carry out land attack missions using cruise missiles. France also requires FREMM FREDA anti-air warfare (AAW) frigate as replacement for aging vessels. The Italian Navy has developed the FREMM ASW and the FREMM GP (General Purpose). Basically, each frigate type will feature the same defense capabilities and hardware against airborne threats and surface ships. A NH90 helicopter and land attack cruise missiles could be carried in both versions.

The FREMM program started when France and Italy achieved an initial agreement in 2002. Frigates ordered by both countries will differ depending upon mission requirements outlined by each Navy. The initial requirement for the FREMM program was for 27 ships with first deliveries due to begin in 2008. The final program was downsized to 21 ships and delayed with the first ship to be commissioned in 2012/2013. DCNS (France) and Fincantieri (Italy) are the shipyards involved in the construction of these vessels with Armaris and Orizzonte Sistemi Navali managing the whole program for France and Italy respectively.

The French Navy FREMM ASM built by DCNS has been designed to carry out ASW, ASuW and land attack missions utilizing Scalp Naval/MdCN long-range cruise missiles, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and the ability to infiltrate commandos on the enemy shore. These ships are provided with a UMS 4110 CL hull-mounted sonar, CAPTAS 4249 variable depth towed sonar and extra torpedo load. The propulsion plant will have a CODLOG (COmbined Diesel eLectric Or Gas) configuration featuring one Avio-GE LM2500+G4 gas turbine, two electrical motors and four diesel generating units. These ships are protected against torpedoes and anti-ship missiles with the NGDS countermeasures launcher. The French Navy has ordered nine vessels as replacement for two F67 and seven F70 ASM frigates. The Royal Moroccan Navy became the first export customer ordering a vessel commissioned in December 2013.

The FREMM ASM weapon system consists of a 76mm Super Rapid naval gun system, 16 MdCN cruise missiles, 16 Aster 15 surface-to-air missiles (SAM), 8 MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles, two 20mm remotely-controlled machine guns, two 12.7mm machine guns and 19 MU90 torpedoes. Besides, one NH90 Caiman ASW helicopter can operate utilizing the aft flight deck and hangar. These frigates are equipped with the Herakles multifunction radar along with the SAAM FR air defense system and the Sylver A-70 vertical launch system. In addition, these ships are equipped with Artemis and Najir MM electro-optical air and surface surveillance systems.

FREMM ASM Specifications

Crew: 108
Number of Aircraft: 1
Number of Engines: 1
Number of Weapons: 40
Troops: 72
Dimensions
Beam: 20 meter (66 foot)
Draft: 5 meter (16.4 foot)
Flight Deck Length: 26.5 meter
Flight Deck Width: 18.5 meter
Length: 142 meter (466 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter
Performance
Max Range: 6,000 nautical mile (11,112 kilometer)
Power
Boost Power: 32 MW (42,895 shp)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 15 knot (7.71 mps)
Top Speed: 27 knot (13.9 mps)
Time
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Service Life: 30 year
Weight
Full Displacement: 6,000 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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FREMM ASM News

There are 31 news between
13 Nov 2003 and 18 Oct 2016
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016French Navy and DCNS Launch FTI Medium-Size Frigate
Wednesday, May 20, 2015French Navy FREMM Frigate Fires a Naval Cruise Missile
Thursday, April 10, 2014French Navy MdCN Cruise Missile Completes Second Qualification Firing
Friday, July 5, 2013French Navy Naval Cruise Missile Enters Qualification Test Firings Phase
Wednesday, June 19, 2013Flash Sonics Sonar Enters Service with French Navy NH90 Caiman Helicopters
Wednesday, October 24, 2012UMS 4110 CL and CAPTAS 4249 Sonars Qualified at Sea for FREMM Frigates
Thursday, July 12, 2012French DGA Performs Successfully First Full Test Firing of MdCN Naval Cruise Missile
Monday, June 4, 2012France Orders 76mm Naval Ammunition for its Horizon and FREMM Frigates
Monday, February 6, 2012France Procures 76mm Naval Ammunition from Diehl
Saturday, July 16, 2011First Italian Navy FREMM Class Frigate Launched

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
France9
YearHoldings
20174
20163
20152
20131
Morocco1
YearHoldings
Jan 20141

Grand Total 102
Cannons & Gear
76/62 Super Rapidx1
Narwhalx2
Sylver A-70x32
Defensive Weapons
Aster 15x16
MU90 Impactx19
Offensive Weapons
MdCNx16
MM40 Block 3 Exocetx8
Propulsion Systems
LM2500+G4x1
Protection Systems
NGDSx1
SAAM FRx1
Sensor Systems
ARTEMISx1
CAPTAS 4249x1
Heraklesx1
NAJIR MMx1
UMS 4110 CLx1
Support Aircraft
NH90 NFHx1

FREMM ASM Ship Listing


SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
D650 Aquitaine18 Apr 201128 Nov 2012-
D652 Provence18 Sep 2013Jun 2015-
D653 Languedoc20142016-
D654 Auvergne2 Sep 201511 Apr 2017-
D655 Bretagne16 Sep 20162018-
D656 Normandie-2019-
D657 -2020-
D658 -2021-
D659 -2022-
D701 Mohammed VI-30 Jan 2014-

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