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ÁLVARO DE BAZÁN frigates (2002-2012)

Álvaro de Bazán 2010

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Álvaro de Bazán F101 Navantia, Ferrol 14/6/1999 27/10/2000 19/9/2002 in service (2018)
Almirante Juan de Borbón F102 Navantia, Ferrol 27/10/2000 28/2/2002 3/12/2003 in service (2018)
Blas de Lezo F103 Navantia, Ferrol 28/2/2002 16/5/2003 16/12/2004 in service (2018)
Méndez Núñez F104 Navantia, Ferrol 16/5/2003 12/11/2004 21/3/2006 in service (2018)
Cristóbal Colón F105 Navantia, Ferrol 20/2/2009 4/11/2010 23/10/2012 in service (2018)

 

Displacement standard, t

F101-104: 4555

F105: 4605

Displacement full, t

F101-104: 6000

F105: 6050

Length, m

133.2 pp 146.7 oa

Breadth, m

18.6

Draught, m

7.20 max 4.75 mean hull

No of shafts

2

Machinery

F101-104: CODOG: 2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines / 2 Caterpillar CAT3600B12 diesels

F105: CODOG: 2 General Electric LM-2500 gas turbines / 2 Caterpillar CAT3600B16 diesels

Power, h. p.

F101-104: 47600 / 12240

F105: 47600 / 16320

Max speed, kts

29

Fuel, t

gas turbine / diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)

5000(18)

Armament

F101-104: 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84F), 1 x 48 Standard SM-2MR Block IIIA SAM / ESSM SAM (VLS, 32 RIM-66L / 64 RIM-162), 1 x 1 - 127/54 Mk 45 Mod. 2, 2 x 1 - 20/120 Oerlikon, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, 4 - 324 Mk 32 Mod. 9 TT, 1 helicopter (SH-60B)

F105: 2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84F), 1 x 48 Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB SAM / ESSM SAM (VLS, 32 RIM-66L / 64 RIM-162), 1 x 1 - 127/54 Mk 45 Mod. 4, 2 x 1 - 25/75 Mk 38, 4 x 1 - 12.7/90, 4 - 324 Mk 32 Mod. 9 TT, 1 helicopter (SH-60B)

Sensors

F101-104: SPY-1D, SPS-73(v)12, SPS-67(v)3, 2x SPG-62, DORNA radars, Sirius e/o director, DE1160 sonar, Elnath Mk 9000, Aldebarán SLQ-380, Regulus Mk 9500 ECM suites, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, DANCS CCS

F105: SPY-1D(v), 2x Aries, 2x SPG-62, DORNA radars, FLIR e/o detector, Sirius e/o director, DE1160 sonar, Elnath Mk 9000, Aldebarán SLQ-380, Regulus Mk 9500 ECM suites, 4x Mk 36 SRBOC decoy RL, SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo decoy, DANCS CCS

Complement

235

Ship project history: Were to have been constructed under a 1994 cooperative venture with Germany and the Netherlands. Spain, however, withdrew from the radar and weapons control portions of the agreement in 1995. Authority to construct four was granted by the Council of Ministers in 1997, the contract was placed 31/1/1997, and fabrication of modules began during November 1997. The Standard SAM system provides AAW coverage out to 150+ km. The fifth unit of the class was ordered during June 2005. Have fin stabilizers. A design growth margin of 450t was provided, and maximum permissible displacement is 6250t. 15x5.8x5.6m hangar can accommodate two SH-60-sized helicopters, but only one is assigned to each ship; the flight deck measures 27x17m. Fireproof internal paneling is employed, and special efforts have been made to reduce radar, acoustic, and heat signatures. Lockheed Martin Distributed Advanced Naval Combat System is much the same Aegis Baseline 5 Phase in system used on current-construction U.S. Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, but the Spanish version has a federated data-distribution architecture, giving it some features of the later Aegis Baseline 6 Phase I on the first two ships and Baseline 7 Phase I on the latter two.

Planned F106 Roger de Lauria was authorised in March 2007 with construction start in 2009 but suspended and finally cancelled in 2012.

Modernizations: 2009-2010, all completed: - Standard SM-2MR Block IIIA SAM; + Standard SM-2MR Block IIIB SAM

Naval service: No significant events.

Blas de Lezo 2008

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