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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2007
Total Production: 4
Unitary Cost: USD$770 million
Also Known As: Forbin and Orizzonte
Origin: France and Italy
Corporations: Fincantieri and Naval Group
Parent System: Horizon
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2007
Total Production: 4
Total Cost: USD$3.1 billion
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Description: The Horizon-class frigates have been designed to perform area air defense in severe countermeasure environments. Their PAAMS weapon system comprises the Empar multi-function radar, 48-cell Sylver Vertical Launch System (VLS) and ASTER 15/30 surface-to-air missiles. The weapon system will also include underwater and surface warfare. Improved survivability will be achieved through the combination of weapons system and stealth features.

The main difference between the French and Italian Horizon-class frigates will be the Exocet and Otomat anti-ship missiles employed by each country and the ASW helicopter. France will deploy the NH90, while Italy will deploy the EH101 Merlin onboard their frigates. Each ship will be provided with 3 OTO-Melara 76mm naval guns and a helicopter hangar as well as flight deck located at the stern. The SLAT anti-torpedo system and close-in weapon systems will be also provided to the Horizon-class ships improving their self-defense capability and survivability.

The French and Italian Navies have ordered 2 Horizon frigates each. These ships will enter service between 2006 and 2009. Future plans may include addition of 16-cell to the planned 48-cell Sylver VLS increasing the number of weapons carried by each ship as well as integration of the Scalp Naval cruise missile currently under development by MBDA. The first French Horizon frigate, named Forbin, was officially launched at DCN's site in Lorient on March 10, 2005. The second frigate, name Chevalier Paul, was officially launched on 12 July 2006 at DCN facilities in Lorient. These two ships are intended to replace Suffren and Duquesne frigates in the French Navy.

On 14 October 2005 Fincantieri's shipyard at Riva Trigoso (Genoa) officially launched first Horizon/Orizzonte frigate named "Andrea Doria". The ship was originally named "Carlo Bergamini". Construction began in July 2002 and was expected to be commissioned by the Italian Navy during 2007. Her sister ship "Caio Duilio" was scheduled to enter service to years later. Construction of the second Orizzonte frigate started in September 2003. Italy's Navy Orizzonte program was signed in October 2000 along with the Horizon program for the French Navy. Andrea Doria and Caio Duilio will replace Ardito and Audace frigates in the Italian Navy.

Horizon Specifications

Crew: 210
Number of Weapons: 56
Beam: 20.3 meter (67 foot)
Length: 153 meter (502 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter
Max Range: 7,000 nautical mile (12,964 kilometer)
Cruise Speed: 18 knot (9.25 mps)
Top Speed: 29 knot (14.9 mps)
Mission Endurance: 45 day
Full Displacement: 7,300 ton
Standard Displacement: 6,500 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Horizon News

There are 23 news between
14 Jan 2003 and 22 Jul 2020
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020France and Italy to Study Upgrade of Horizon Class Frigates
Tuesday, January 20, 2015Aster 30 Complex Firing Successfully Carried Out at DGA Missile Test Centre
Monday, February 17, 2014Thales IFF Selected for French Charles de Gaulle Aircraft Carrier and Horizon Frigates
Friday, February 7, 2014French Navy to Provide EOMS NG Sensor to Horizon and Cassard Air Defense Frigates
Monday, June 4, 2012France Orders 76mm Naval Ammunition for its Horizon and FREMM Frigates
Wednesday, April 4, 2012Chevalier Paul Frigate Aster 30 Missile Intercepts Supersonic Sea-Skimming Target
Monday, February 6, 2012France Procures 76mm Naval Ammunition from Diehl
Wednesday, December 22, 2010French Navy Takes Delivery of First Four MM40 B3 Exocet Missiles
Monday, June 28, 2010Aster 30 Missile Successfully Completes Firing Trials
Monday, October 12, 2009DCNS Awarded Contracts to Maintain French Navy's Fighting Ships

Operators & Related Equipment

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Grand Total 42
Cannons & Gear
76/62 Super Rapidx2
Defensive Weapons
Aster 15x48
Aster 30x48
MU90 Impactx24
Offensive Weapons
MM40 Block 3 Exocetx8
Otomat Mk2 Block IVx8
Propulsion Systems
Protection Systems
Sensor Systems
UMS 4110 CLx1
Support Aircraft
EH101 Merlinx1
NH90 NFHx1

Horizon Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
D620 Forbin10 Mar 200519 Dec 2008-
D621 Chevalier Paul-21 Dec 2009-
D553 Andrea Doria-Dec 2007-
D554 Caio Duilio-3 Apr 2009-

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