FS56 developed by CMN is a compact vessel with stealth lines which can
reach a very high speed and offer an important fire power. It is the
perfect vessel for Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance as
well as fast strike against surface or coastal targets.
The Combattante FS56 combines the spirit of previous proven Combattante
classes with 21st Century technologies: Stealth and Electronic Warfare.
The Combattante FS56 has been designed to meet the needs of modern navies
who wish to maintain their ability to take action combining speed and
firepower while optimizing their acquisition costs.
and compact design.
Main design requirements included:
» High speed (38 knots) to allow for lighting fast attacks and
The Combattante FS 56 limited crew (32 sailors) may cross a distance
of 2,500 miles with a weapon system similar to those found on vessels
from upper classes (Corvettes and Frigates).
Combattante FS 56 is a high performance compact and multifunction ship
able to perform area surveillance tasks as well as anti-air, anti-surface
and electronic warfare missions.
Typical missions include:
» Operating as part of a naval force
» Interception of enemy forces
» Patrol in international and territorial waters and in the Exclusive
» Air and surface surveillance
» Intelligence gathering
Missions against coastal targets may be conducted through the use of
the 76mm gun and MM40 blkIII Exocet.
Combattante FS 56 offers a very high firepower for a 56 meters vessel:
» 1x Oto Melara 76mm SR main gun
» 1x BAE
Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 40mm gun at the stern
» 2x 30mm or 20mm remote weapon systems
» 8x MBDA MM40 blkIII Exocet anti-ship missiles
The vessel has been
designed with provisions for modularity. As such, the 40mm gun system
at the stern may be replaced by a Raytheon Mk49 mod 3 Guided Missile
Launcher (with 21x RAM Surface to Air missiles). The 76mm main gun may
be fitted with Oto Melara's Vuclano rounds to increase capability and
range against land targets.
Electronics and Decoys
are all grouped in a single "C-MAST" integrated mast.
Developed in a partnership between CMN, Cassidian and Ineo Defense,
C-MAST is a single compact and lightweight mast, which houses 2D, 3D
and navigation radars, optronic, electronic warfare and communications
2x Decoy launchers
Pictures of YJ-12 supersonic anti-ship missile, fitted on a Chinese
Navy (PLAN) Xian H-6G bomber have recently emerged on the Chinese internet
meaning this new generation missile may have entered operational service.