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La Fayette class Frigate
 
 
 
The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992
 
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The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992.

The La Fayette Class incorporates a number of stealth features – the sides of the vessel are sloped at 10° to minimize radar cross section, surfaces are made of alloy, reinforced plastic and kevlar. The profiles of external features have been reduced.

The La Fayette class was designed primarily to protect and enforce the interests of the French state in its maritime areas and overseas territories, to participate in the settlement of crises outside Europe, and to be integrated into a naval force. Secondary roles for this class include providing support for an intervention force or the protection of commercial traffic and special operations or humanitarian missions support.

DCNS have also built an anti-submarine warfare version for Taiwan (Kang Ding class) and an anti-air version for Saudi Arabia (F3000S - Al Riyadh class) under the Sawari II program.
Singapore has ordered six Project Delta stealth frigates, also based on the La Fayette (Formidable class).

 
Shiplist
Name
Hull Number
Fleet
La Fayette
F710
Mediterranean
Surcouff
F711
Mediterranean
Courbet
F712
Mediterranean
Aconit
F713
Mediterranean
Guépratte
F714
Mediterranean
 
Variants

La Fayette class: Variant used by the French navy
Kang Ding class: Variant used by the Republic of China navy

Formidable class: Variant used by the Republic of Singapore navy
Al Riyadh class: Variant used by Royal Saudi navy

 
Technical Data
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Design
Modular design. Shape of hull and superstructures designed to lower radar cross section. Extensive use of alloy, reinforced plastic and kevlar to increase stealth. Provisions for installation of 16 Aster 15 missiles in VLS cells.
Weapons

Anti-ship missiles: 8 Exocet MM40 blk II
Anti-air missiles: 24 Crotale
Guns: 1× 100mm Modèle 68 TR - 2× 20mm modèle F2 guns

Sensors

Sentry radar: DRBV 15C
Navigation radar: DRBN 34
Optronics: Sagem TDS 90
Jammers/Decoys: 2× Dagaie Mk2 chaff launcher - 1× AN/SLQ-25 Nixie - 1× Prairie-Masker
- 1× ARBB 33
Communications: Syracuse II - Inmarsat

Propulsion
4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2, 21000 hp (15 400 kW)
 
Specifications
Type
Light Stealth Frigate
Crew
15 Officers
85 Petty Officers, 53 Sailors
Operators
French navy
Performance
Top Speed: 25 knots
Range: 4,000 nm @ 15knots 9,000 nm @ 12 knots
Endurance: 50 days
Displacement
3,200 tonnes, 3,600 tonnes fully loaded
Engines
4 diesel SEMT Pielstick 12PA6V280 STC2
(15,400 kW - 21,000 hp)
Aircraft
1 x Panther or NH90 helicopter
Dimension / Weight
Length: 125m
Beam: 14.5m
Draught: 4.1m
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The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992
 
The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992
The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992
The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992
 
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La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigate
 

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