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Paris, Il-de-France, France, 2014/06/25 - The FREMM Normandie multi-mission frigate, second of the series ordered by OCCAR on behalf of the French DGA (General Directorate for Armament) and the French Navy, has just completed five weeks of intense activities off the Toulon coast - DCNSgroup.com.
These trials have allowed the validation of the frigate’s combat system performance before its delivery to the French Navy at the end of 2014.
The series of trials for the FREMM Normandie, which has just been completed in the Mediterranean, was principally dedicated to the verification of the vessel’s combat system. To perform these, the frigate was integrated into numerous scenarios, allowing progress in the setting up of its capacities in all areas of warfare (anti-aircraft warfare, anti-submarine warfare…).
These qualification trials were performed thanks to numerous support resources made available by the DGA and the French Navy (radar beacons, fighter aircrafts, maritime patrol aircrafts, helicopters, surface ships, submarines…). Such support allowed, for example, the deployment of the vessel’s electronic warfare system (interception, decoys and jamming) or the establishment of tactical data links.
“In total, we performed around fifty trials on the FREMM Normandie, thanks to the active involvement of all the DCNS, French Navy, DGA and OCCAR teams. These trials contribute to the proper integration of the frigate’s different sensors and weapons into the latest-generation SETIS® combat management system developed by DCNS” indicates Anne Bianchi, Director of the FREMM program.
The presence of the frigate in Toulon also allowed the completion of certain trial relating to the vessel’s platform with, as the high point, the first deck landing of the Caïman NH90 helicopter.
After a final test performed with the support of the FREMM Aquitaine on Tuesday 24 June, and allowing the verification of the interoperability between the 2 frigates, the Normandie frigate has now sailed to the DCNS site in Lorient. Final finishing work will be carried out on the vessel over the summer before its delivery to the French Navy, expected over the course of the last quarter of 2014.
The FREMM program: a major program for DCNS and its partners
For DCNS, the FREMM program represents twelve units, with eleven for the French Navy and one for the Royal Moroccan Navy.
To recall, in November 2012, DCNS successfully delivered the FREMM Aquitaine, the first unit in the series of FREMM multi-mission frigates. The second unit in the program, the FREMM Mohammed VI, was delivered to the Royal Moroccan Navy on 30 January 2014, in compliance with the contractual agreements.
DCNS is currently building five other multi-mission frigates in Lorient, all at different stages of advancement:
- The FREMM Normandie, third unit in the series, started its sea trials in October 2013 and will be delivered to the French Navy at the end of 2014.
- The FREMM Provence was floated in September 2013 and will perform its first sea outing in the third quarter of 2014;
- The fifth and sixth frigates of the series are currently being assembled;
- The cutting of the first metal sheet for the seventh was performed at the end of 2013.
FREMM technical characteristics
FREMM frigates are extensively armed and are equipped, under the project management of DCNS, with the most capable weapon systems and equipment, such as the Héraclès multifunction radar, the Naval Cruise Missile, the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles or the MU 90 torpedoes.
• Overall length: 142 metres
• Width: 20 metres
• Displacement: 6,000 tonnes
• Maximum speed: 27 knots
• Crew: 108 persons (helicopter detachment included)
• Accommodation capacity: 145 men and women
• Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 15 knots
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