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.