iXblue press release
Developed by Navantia for the Spanish Navy, the multi-mission frigates and their anti-submarine warfare capabilities will be used for missions such as fleet protection and maritime security and will be deployed to counter conventional and asymmetric threats. The first frigate is expected to be deployed in 2026 while the remaining four will be delivered up until 2031.
iXblue Marins Inertial Navigation Systems, based on the Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG) technology, combined with the Netans data distribution & processing units, will provide the F110 frigates with reliable, robust, and highly accurate navigation information, regardless of the environment, including within GNSS denied areas.
“Our Marins INS already being used by the Spanish Navy and having received very positive feedback from the crews, they knew that they would meet the F110-Class multi-mission Frigates requirements for robustness and performance. The F110 frigates are going to be equipped with the most advanced technologies available to naval platforms today and will need to be able to face the threats posed by the spoofing and jamming of GNSS signals, Our INS and data distribution units will help do just that. We are proud to be onboard such major program and would like to thank the DGAM and the Spanish Navy for their renewed trust in our technology.”
Carlos Lopes, Regional Sales Manager at iXblue
About F110 Frigate
Navantia and the Spanish Ministry of Defense have signed the contract for the construction of five F-110 frigates for the Spanish Navy in April 2019.
F-110 frigates are set to replace the Spanish Navy’s Santa Maria-class frigates which have been in service for over 30 years. F-110 frigates will be fitted with the Aegis combat system integrating a new solid-state S-band radar by Indra. Lockheed Martin and Indra have been collaborating since 2009 to develop a state-of-the-art S-band solid state radar for Spain’s F-110 Frigate Program.
Known as the Bonifaz-class, these frigates will feature:
- A sonar suite by Thales (BlueMaster UMS 4110 and CAPTAS 4 Compact sonars, the TUUM-6 underwater communication system, and the BlueScan digital acoustic system)
- The SCOMBA combat system by Navantia
- The S-band variant of Lockheed Martin’s SPY-7 radar
- Leonardo 127mm 127/64 LW main gun
- Raytheon’s Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile
- Rohde & Schwarz external communications systems
- GMV’ SENDA navigation system
- Propeller systems by Kongsberg Maritime
Indra leads the development within the F110 Program of some of several advanced sensors.
Displacement: 6100 tons
Length 145 m
Width 18 m
Draft 5 m
Speed 35 knots
Crew 150 sailors
Aviation facilities: Hangar + helideck for 2 NH-90 NFH/TTH or 2 SH-60 or UAV