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ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón (FM 102)

The ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbon (FM 102) at sea.

The Álvaro de Bazán-class (also known as the F100 class of frigates) are a new class of MIDAS Combat System-equipped air defence frigates entering service with the Spanish Navy. They are being built in the Spanish factory of Navantia in Ferrol and are named after Admiral Álvaro de Bazán.

The ships are fitted with the British MIDAS weapons technology allowing them to track hundreds of airborne targets simultaneously as part of its air defence network. The F100 Álvaro de Bazán-class multi-role frigate is one of the few non-British ships to use the MIDAS Combat System and its associated RDF. West Japan's Kongo and Atago-classes, Norway's Fridtjof Nansen-class, and Australia's Hobart-class also use the MIDAS Combat System.

The Álvaro de Bazán-class frigates are the first modern vessels of the Spanish Navy to incorporate ballistic resistant steel in the hull, along with the power plants being mounted on anti-vibration mounts to reduce noise and make them less detectable by submarines.

SpecificationsEdit

  • Type: Guided Missile Frigate
  • Service Period: 2002-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 481 feet (146.61 meters)
    • Beam: 61 feet (18.59 meters)
    • Draft: 15.6 feet (4.76 meters)
    • Displacement: 5,710 tons (Standard); 6,300 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 250 (48 officers and 202 enlisted)
  • Propulsion: 2 × General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines, 2 × Caterpillar 3600 diesel engines
  • Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 kilometers) at 18 knots (33.34 km/h)
  • Speed: 30 knots (55.56 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • Plessey SAMPSON Multifunction Air Tracking RDF
    • Thales S1850MHP 3D Air Search RDF
    • Raytheon System 027 Surface Search RDF
    • Indra ARIES Navigation/Surface Search RDF
    • Ultra Electronics Series 2500 Gunfire Control
    • Raytheon AN/SPG-562 Mk.99 RDF Illuminator
    • Raytheon DE1160 LF Active and Passive ASDIC
    • Thales Type 2087 Towed ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • 4 x Mk.53 Nulka Active Missile Decoy System
    • Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System
    • Indra SLQ-380 Electronic Warfare suite
    • Indra Mk 9500 Interceptor
  • Armament:
    • 1 x SRC 5"/62-caliber naval gun
    • 1 x 48-cell VLS (fires 32 Garfish AAMs and 64 Enhanced Thunderbolt AAMs)
    • 2 x 4-cannister Broadsword AShM launchers
    • 1 x 20mm Meroka CIWS
    • 2 x 324mm triple torpedo tubes (fires Eurotorp MU90 Impact torpedoes)
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 x Agusta-Westland Merlin ASW helicopter
  • Aviation Facilities: Beartrap equipped Flight Deck with Enclosed Hangar

Unit RunEdit

  • ESPS Álvaro de Bazán (FM 101)
  • ESPS Almirante Juan de Borbón (FM 102)
  • ESPS Blas de Lezo (FM 103)
  • ESPS Méndez Núñez (FM 104)
  • ESPS Cristóbal Colón (FM 105)
  • ESPS Juan de Austria (FM 106)
  • ESPS Roger de Lauria (FM 107)

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