According to Spain’s Council of Ministers, the F-110 program includes the following main objectives
- Construction of five frigates, along with their associated equipment and first installation parts of each vessel needed to ensure safe navigation without external support
- Obtaining Integrated Logistic Support for the F-110 class, which entails the logistic information of the ship, the logistic documentation (Maintenance Plan, Procurement Plan and Training Plan, technical manuals, maintenance documentation, support documentation to provisioning), as well as the necessary systems for the implementation of the Digital Model and Twin.
- Industrial training in operations and maintenance for the personnel of the Ministry of Defense involved in the construction of ships and equipment.
The delivery of the first F-110 is scheduled for the year 2026, and the last for the year 2031. Navantia should start construction on the first ship of the class in May.
F-110 frigates will be replacing the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigates which have been in service since 1986. The frigates will be fitted with a new evolution of Navantia’s SCOMBA Combat Management System and a new solid-state S-band radar developed by Indra in cooperation with Lockheed Martin.
The F-110 Frigates will be capable of both blue water and green (littoral) water operations. Their design will be optimized for a reduced crew complement and lower operating and life cycle costs. Navantia engineers focused on the survivability of the design (reduced probability of detection / ability to withstand attacks and complete the mission). It will be capable of four dimensional warfare: AAW, ASW (with Thales CAPTAS-4 variable depth sonar), EW… and will be fitted with a modular mission bay as it is the norm nowadays for modern surface combatants.
F-110 frigates will measure 145 meters in length and displace 6,100 tons. They will be equipped with a 127mm main gun, anti-ship missiles, torpedo launchers, two 30mm guns and a 16-cell vertical launch system (VLS).