FREMM frigate Aquitaine launches first torpedo


Teams from DCNS, the French Navy and de­fence pro­cure­ment agency DGA have re­cently com­pleted a new test cam­paign aboard first-of-class FREMM mul­ti­mis­sion frigate Aquitaine, the last and most im­por­tant be­ing the first ever torpedo launch test from a FREMM frigate. Af­ter demon­strat­ing FREMM frigate Aquitaine com­pat­i­bil­ity with a 10-tonne Caï­man he­li­copter (the French ver­sion of the Euro­copter/EADS NH90) in March, DCNS spe­cial­ists spent sev­eral weeks putting the ves­sel com­bat sys­tem, which in­cludes the torpedo launch con­trol sys­tem, through its paces.

Af­ter val­i­dat­ing the torpedo tube con­fig­u­ra­tion and per­form­ing dry-run tests, the DCNS team con­ducted the torpedo launch test on June 22. Us­ing an ex­er­cise torpedo equipped with sen­sors and data log­gers in­stead of a war­head, the launch was per­formed un­der oth­er­wise op­er­a­tional con­di­tions. The re­sults val­i­dated the torpedo tube con­fig­u­ra­tion com­pli­ance with the rel­e­vant spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Ship­board ob­ser­va­tion by DCNS spe­cial­ists and the data gath­ered by the torpedo on­board sen­sors con­firmed all key pa­ram­e­ters in­clud­ing exit speed, an­gle of im­pact with the wa­ter, and torpedo be­hav­iour and tra­jec­tory.

First-of-class FREMM multi-mis­sion frigate Aquitaine is de­signed to face all types of threats. It is equipped with four launch tubes and will carry up to 19 MU90 tor­pe­does. FREMM multi-mis­sion frigates can re­spond to all types of threats with un­par­al­leled flex­i­bil­ity and avail­abil­ity. The first ex­port sale, to the Royal Moroc­can Navy, demon­strates that they also meet the needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of in­ter­na­tional client navies.

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