The French ministry of defense announced today that the frigate Aquitaine has successfully fired its first naval cruise missile on May 19.
Aquitaine is the first unit in the multi-mission frigate program (FREMM). The missile test firing was conducted at the DGA missile testing centre off Levant Island. This is the first time that a European surface ship has fired a cruise missile.
On May 12, the frigate also successfully fired its first Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missile. The two synthesis firings prepared by the crew of the French Navy, the DGA teams and manufacturers MBDA and DCNS are part of the verification of the technical capabilities of the FREMMs before entry into active service. This is another major milestone, after the firing of an Aster 15 anti-aircraft missile in 2013 and the commissioning on March 13 of the MU 90 lightweight torpedo on the Caiman marine helicopter, the naval version of the NH90 helicopter.
The FREMMs are heavily armed warships, carrying naval cruise missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles, Aster anti-aircraft missiles and MU90 anti-submarine torpedoes. All the FREMMs can accommodate a Caiman marine helicopter, as well as Special Forces and their equipment. Six FREMMs will be delivered. The naval cruise missile provides deep strike capabilities within enemy territory.
With a range of several hundred kilometers, the naval cruise missile is capable of destroying infrastructure targets of high strategic value.before mid-2019.
Fincantieri announced Tuesday that it has delivered the frigate Carabiniere within the international Italian-French program to Italian Navy. The frigate is the fourth vessel of the FREMM program Multi Mission European Frigates
OCCAR announced Tuesday that Italy has placed its order for two further Italian FREMM (Fregata europea multi-missione) frigates, exercising an option under the OCCAR (French Organisation conjointe de coopération en matière d'armement) FREMM contract on 16 April. Both frigates will be in the general purpose configuration and will bring to ten the total number of vessels ordered by Italy under this highly successful contract
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Egypt and France are close to signing a 5 to 6 billion Euro contract for the sale of twenty Rafale and two FREMM multi-mission frigates. La Tribune newspaper said on its website today that a French delegation of the Treasury visited Cairo earlier this week to assess the security of Egypt in the event of an agreement with the French manufacturers
DCNS floated the FREMM multi-mission frigate Languedoc in Lorient, France ordered by OCCAri on behalf of the French Directorate General and the French Navy on12 July 2014. “Over the coming months, the Groups teams alongside the teams of its subcontractors will pursue the assembly and integration of the different systems on the FREMM Languedoc” explains Anne Bianchi, Director of the FREMM Program at DCNS
The Ministry of Defense of France announced on Friday the successful testing of a new nuclear, air-launched cruise missile. The nuclear cruise missile weapon system, Air-Sol Moyenne Portée Amélioré (ASMPA; medium-range air to surface missile), by MBDA, is an enhanced variant of ASMP
DCNS on Friday delivered the FREMM multi-mission frigate Provence to the French Navy, as stipulated in the contract. The frigate is the second of the series ordered by OCCAR, Organization of Joint Armament that performs the project management for the multi-mission frigates intended for France and Italy
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