Surcouf-Courbet-Jean Bart

MN Jean Bart at dock beside stealth frigates Surcouf and Courbet on July 21st, 2004.

The Cassard-class (Type F70 AA) is a class of AA (air defence) destroyers of the French and Portuguese navies. The class is an air defence variant of the Georges Leygues-class. The two classes have a different armament and propulsion system mounted on an identical hull. Their primary role is to provide air cover for a fleet, an aeronaval group, or a convoy. They can also be used for research, identification or presence missions.

The experience gained during the design and construction of the Cassard-class was used for the design of the La Fayette-class frigates.


  • Type: Air Defence Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1988-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 456 feet (138.99 meters)
    • Beam: 46 feet (14.02 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,500 tons (Stardard); 5,060 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 250
  • Propulsion: 4 × SEMT Pielstick 18PA6-V280 BTC diesel engines, 42,000 hp
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers) at 17 knots (31.48 km/h)
  • Speed: 29.6 knots (54.82 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • DRBJ-11B 3D Multifunction AESA RDF
    • DRBV-26C Air Search RDF
    • DRBC-33A 3D Gun Fire Control RDF
    • AN/SPG-51C Missile Fire Control RDF
    • DRBN-34 Navigation RDF
    • DUBA-25 Hull mounted ASDIC
    • DSBV-61 Towed Array ASDIC
  • Countermeasures:
    • ARBR-17 Radio Detector
    • ARBB-33 Jammer
    • SAIGON Radio Emission Detector
    • SAGAIE NG decoy launchers
    • DAGAIE decoy launchers
  • Armament:
    • 1 × Creusot- Loire Compact 100mm/55 Mod 68 dual purpose naval gun
    • 1 x Single Arm Launcher (fires RIM-66E SM-1 Blk.VIB AAMs)
    • 2 × Sadral sextuple launcher (39 × Mistral CIWS anti-air missiles)
    • 8 × MM40 Blk.3 Exocet anti-ship missiles
    • 2 x KD-59E 21" torpedo tubes (fires L5 torpedoes)
    • 2 × 20mm F2 anti-aircraft guns
    • 4 × 12.7mm machine guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 × Eurocopter AS565 Panther anti-submarine helicopter

Unit RunEdit


  • MN Cassard (D657)
  • MN Jean Bart (D658)
  • MN Condorcet (D659)
  • MN Durandal (D660)


  • NRP Martim Soares Moreno (D336)
  • NRP António Raposo Tavares (D337)

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