Thales’ French intermediate-size frigate programme
Thales and DCNS have been contracted by the French defence ministry for the development and construction of five intermediate-size frigates for the French Navy under the FTI ( Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire) programme managed by the French defence procurement agency (DGA). The first frigate will be delivered in 2023 and is scheduled to enter service in 2025. The SEA FIRE radar is developed and integrated in Rouen and Limours, while the CAPTAS-4 compact sonar is manufactured in Brest and SophiaAntipolis. Systems engineering for the Aquilon system is carried out in Gennevilliers, and the SENTINEL electronic warfare system is produced at the Cholet and Brest facilities. Laval and Brive-LaGaillarde are involved in developing the IFF and naval V/UHF radio, respectively.