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IDEF 2021: Spanish company Navantia displays F110-class frigate.

| 2021

The Spanish state-owned shipbuilding company, Navantia, displays a model of an F110-class frigate at IDEF, the International Defense Exhibition. The company offers its services to both military and civil sectors and it is the fifth-largest shipbuilder in Europe.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 A model of F110-class frigate (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The F110 class also known as the Bonifaz class is a multi-purpose, anti-submarine class of Aegis combat system-fitted heavy frigates under development for the Spanish Navy. The project is being co-developed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence and the state-owned company Navantia. The construction of the frigates is to begin by 2020 and is scheduled to be delivered between 2023 and 2027.

The vessel displaces 6100 tons, a length of 145 m, a draught of 5 m and will have a crew of 150. She is armed with one Oto Melara 127/64 Lightweight naval gun and 16-cell Mark 41 VLS for RIM-66 Standard surface-to-air missile and RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile.

The frigates will be equipped with a Spanish combat system, SCOMBA, developed by Navantia. This system acts as the vessel’s brain and integrates all the frigate’s sensors and weapons, such as surface sensors, EW and IFF supplied by Indra, Band S radar and Lockheed Martin vertical launcher, AAW – SM-2 from Raytheon, the antisubmarine warfare systems and SAES sonars but also the navigation and communications systems from Navantia Sistemas.

The Oto Melara 127/64 Lightweight (LW) naval gun mount is a rapid-fire gun mount suitable for installation on large and medium-size ships. It also has a version for coastal defense, intended for surface fire and naval gunfire support as main role and anti-aircraft fire as secondary role. The compactness of the gun feeding system makes possible the installation on narrow section crafts.

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