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La Fayette  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: 5
Origin: France
Corporations: DCNS
Parent System: La Fayette
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: 14
Family Members: Kang Ding and Sawari II
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Description: The La Fayette-class frigates were designed with innovative stealth features with reduced radar cross section and infrared signatures. The modular design of these ships permits them to be configured as anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-air warfare (AAW), and Multi-role frigates. The ships can be armed with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, advanced sensors and one helicopter.

La Fayette-class frigates have been ordered by France, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia.

The frigates ordered by the French have been configured as multi-role frigates. They feature MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles, Crotale air defense system employing the VT-1 missile with 8 missiles ready to fire and 18 in storage, a 100mm gun, and a NH90 or AS565 ASW helicopter. Jamming and decoy capabilities have also been provided to these ships. It may be possible to upgrade French Navy's La Fayette-class frigates with the SAAM air defense system, but it has not been confirmed yet.

La Fayette Specifications

Crew: 139
Number of Weapons: 16
Troops: 25
Length: 124 meter (407 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 100 millimeter
Max Range: 13,000 kilometer (7,019 nautical mile)
Total Combined Power: 21,000 shp (15.7 MW)
Cruise Speed: 7.80 mps (15.2 knot)
Top Speed: 12.9 mps (25.1 knot)
Mission Endurance: 50 day
Full Displacement: 3,600 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
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Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
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Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

La Fayette News

There are 4 news between
13 Sep 2004 and 5 May 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017French Navy to Upgrade Three La Fayette Class Frigates
Tuesday, October 18, 2016French Navy and DCNS Launch FTI Medium-Size Frigate
Thursday, June 21, 2007HAP Tiger Successfully Conducts Landing Tests on Surface Ships
Monday, September 13, 2004Sawari II Completes SAAM Trials

Operators & Related Equipment


Grand Total 51
Defensive Weapons
Offensive Weapons
MM40 Exocetx8
Protection Systems
Support Aircraft
NH90 NFHx1

La Fayette Ship Listing

SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
F710 La Fayette-1995-
F711 Surcouf-1997-
F712 Courbet-1997-
F713 Aconit-1999-
F714 Guepratte-2001-

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