FTI Mid-Size Frigates: Latest Rumors Until the Design is Revealed at Euronaval
- 29 September 2016
Five new FTI Frigates are set to be delivered to the French Navy (Marine Nationale) starting in 2023. They will be "first rank frigates" capable of ASuW, AAW and ASW. The class will displace approximately 4,000 tons. FTI are intended to eventually replace the Lafayette-class frigates. They will be fitted with the Sea Fire multifunction fixed-array radar designed by Thales and the French defence procurement agency (DGA). Finally, the design was driven as much by the French Navy as by export requirements. ...
Talking to Navy Recognition during the Euronaval press conference last week, Laurent Sellier, the DGA head of naval weapon systems told us that the definition phase should be over by the first half of 2017. Asked about the sensor suite, he explained that there was a choice to be made between: "A very silent hull with a small towed sonar" or "A slightly less silent hull with a larger towed sonar". He added: "at this stage we are leaning towards the second option".
In addition, we learned from Thales that a new sonar system is being developed, potentially for the FTI. Details on this new sonar will be revealed during Euronaval. The vessel will be fitted with a hull mounted sonar as well.