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» DCNS commences sea
trials for the FREMM
DCNS announced on October 12 that the French
Navy’s third FREMM multi-mission frigate, the
Languedoc, has been floated out from DCNS’ Lorient
shipyard to undergo sea trials off the coast of
Brittany. The Languedoc is the third FREMM ordered
by OCCAR on behalf of the DGA (French Defence
Procurement Agency) and the French Navy.
The main objective of the sea trials was to test
the performance of the vessel’s propulsion and
The FREMM Languedoc will benefit from a
significant reduction in the duration of its sea trials
compared to the previous FREMMs: six weeks
instead of the previous eight.
DCNS has already delivered two FREMM Multi-
Mission Frigates on schedule to the French Navy. By
mid-2019, DCNS will have delivered six FREMM’s
to the French Navy, in accordance with the Military
Programming Law 2015-2019, as well as two
FREMMs for the export market (The Royal Moroccan
Navy and the Egyptian Navy).
The experience and lessons learned from the
FREMMs already delivered enabled DCNS and its
partners to proceed with the integration of the combat
system’s sensors and weapons prior to the FREMM
Languedoc’s first sea outing. This led to a reduction
in the total time required for vessel trials – from
six week to the previous eight. This optimised trial
duration illustrates the transition to “series mode” or
“The acceleration of the trial scheduling for the
FREMM Languedoc is a demonstration of DCNS
capacity to ensure efficient serial production”,
explains Anne Bianchi, Director of the FREMM
Programme at DCNS.
Eight FREMMs built on the DCNS Lorient site
The FREMM program
The FREMM programme will see DCNS build ten
frigates, eight of them for the French Navy.
Six of these will be delivered by 2019 and two
frigates equipped with strengthened anti-aircraft
capacities will be delivered before 2022.
Two further units have been sold and delivered to
international clients: the Royal Moroccan Navy and
the Egyptian Navy.
• The FREMM Aquitaine, first in series, delivered
• The FREMM Mohammed VI, delivered to the Royal
Moroccan Navy in 2014.
• The FREMM Provence delivered in June 2015.
• The FREMM Tahya Misr, delivered to the Egyptian
Navy in June 2015.
• The FREMM Languedoc, which is conducting its
first sea outing.
• The FREMM Auvergne, which was floated on
• The FREMM Bretagne, for which the assembly
Technical characteristics of the FREMMs
Under the project management of DCNS, the heavily-
armed FREMM frigates are equipped with the most
effective weapon systems and equipment, such as
the Herakles multifunctional radar, the Naval Cruise
Missile, the Aster and Exocet MM 40 missiles and
the MU 90 torpedoes.
• Length overall: 142 meters
• Width: 20 meters
• Displacement: 6,000 tonnes
• Maximum speed: 27 knots
• Crew: 108 persons (helicopter detachment
• Accommodation capacity: 145 persons
• Range: 6,000 nautical miles at 15 knots
» First refuel for RAAF
KC-30A refueller to F-35A
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) announced
on September 29 that it has completed the first fuel
transfer with the air refuelling boom from a RAAF
KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) to a
US Air Force (USAF) F-35A Joint Strike Fighter at
Edwards Air Force Base in California. A total of 59
contacts were conducted of which five contacts
transferred 43,200 pounds of fuel during the four
Chief of the Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies AO
CSC, described the trial as a significant step in the
development of the KC-30A’s capability.
“Our KC-30A is an essential force multiplier.
Mid-air refuelling is critical to ensuring global reach
for our aircraft, our people and our equipment,” Air
Marshal Davies said.
“Refuelling between the KC-30A and F-35A is an
important step towards the KC-30A’s achievement
of Final Operational Capability (FOC) and represents
continued progress in the development of the F-35A.
“This achievement is significant because the future
of Australia’s air combat capability is reliant on the
successful partnership between these two aircraft and
our ability to be interoperable with our international
partners,” Air Marshal Davies said.
The KC-30A has two refuelling systems – the
Advanced Refuelling Boom
System (ARBS). The two
different refuelling systems
allow RAAF to support a
wide range of coalition
aircraft on Operation OKRA
where a KC-30A is currently
deployed to support combat
operations against Daesh in
Iraq and Syria.
The five KC-30As are
based at RAAF Base Amberley
(QLD) and Air Force will
receive an additional two in
2018. A single KC-30A can carry a fuel load of more
than 100 tonnes and remain 1800 kilometres from
its home base with 50 tonnes of fuel available for
offload, for four hours.
Australia has committed to 72 F-35As for RAAF
Bases Williamtown and Tindal, with the first aircraft
arriving in late 2018. The F-35A will replace the
ageing F/A-18A/B Hornet with a 5th-generation
networked fighter aircraft.
RAAF KC-30A refuelling an F-35 (Lockheed Martin)
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