SHAH ALAM: Run like the French. Naval Group on November 7 floated the first defence and intervention frigate Amiral Ronarc’h for the French Navy at its shipyard in Lorient. It was floated inside the covered berth where the ship was built due inclement weather.
The first sea trials will begin in 2023 and the ship will be delivered in 2024. The remaining four
ships of the series will be delivered until 2030. During this period, Naval Group will also produce
three FDI frigates for the Hellenic Navy, with a fourth currently planned as an option.
According to Naval Group:
The FDI is a high sea vessel. Multipurpose and resilient, she is capable of operating, alone or within
a naval force. She offers capabilities for all types of warfare: anti-surface, anti-air, antisubmarine and as well as for special forces projection. Bringing together the best of French naval
technologies on a compact platform, the FDI is a powerful and innovative frigate, designed to meet
the evolution of threats.
Designed and produced using the latest digital tools, FDI is the first frigate to benefit from a digital
architecture that will allow her continuous adaptation to technological and operational evolutions.
As a result, the FDI will be able to address current and future threats and to handle always more
The FDI will be the first French frigate natively protected against cyber threats, with two data
centers virtually accommodating a great part of the ship applications. The FDI introduces the
concept of a dedicated system for asymmetric warfare. This system will enable the coordination
and conduct of the fight against small and close air and surface threats, including booby trapped
Strongly armed (Exocet MM40 B3C anti-surface missiles, Aster anti-air missiles, MU90
antisubmarine torpedoes, artillery), the FDI will to embark simultaneously a helicopter (10 tons
class such as NH90) or the future Joint Light Helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle (up to
700kg). She can also receive a Special Forces detachment with their two commando boats. They
are equipped with the new generation Seafire radar with four fixed panels, developed by Thales,
which, combined with the missile delivery system, offers unmatched area defence capabilities
displacement: 4,500 tons class;
length: 122 meters;
beam: 18 meters;
max. speed: 27 knots;
autonomy: 45 days;
accomodation: 125-persons crew + 28 passengers.
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It is interesting to note that the first steel was cut in October 2019 (some six years after the first steel cut for the LCS) and a month before work on the LCS ground to a halt as Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) run out of money. It is also likely that the first FDI will be commissioned before the first LCS.
Each FDI is said to cost some 420 million Euros or RM2 billion. I will not say it will be comparable to the LCS as we simply do not know how much it will cost when the project is completed. Based on the ceiling price of the LCS which was RM9 billion, the FDI is just slightly more expensive.
— Malaysian Defence