DCNS launches Normandie FREMM, second Frigate of the Aquitaine class for
the French Navy
october 18, 2012, DCNS launched the Normandie FREMM frigate in the presence
of French Minister of Defence, and Minister of Economy and Finance.
This success underlines once again the industrial dynamism of DCNS:
six multi-mission frigates are currently under construction.
"The FREMM program reflects the industrial performance of the
DCNS group while complying with the technical and economic requirements
of its customers. This performance is all the more remarkable as it
is done in the context of a competitive insourcing of our industrial
activities. Indeed, we have chosen not to relocate in countries with
low costs. We are proud to contribute, along with our partners, to the
development of employment in our activity areas" said Patrick
Boissier, Chairman and CEO of DCNS
The Normandie FREMM Frigate, second ship of Aquitaine class
is launched at DCNS shipyard in Lorient (Picture:
Over the coming months, DCNS teams and their subcontractors
will continue assembling the Normandie FREMM, with the next major step
consisting in the installation of masts hosting the main ship's sensors
(radars, antennas, cameras, jammers ...).
Third of the FREMM series built by DCNS, the Normandie FREMM saw its
construction begin in October 2009. This new generation frigate will
be implemented by a small crew of 108 sailors (ie less than half the
previous generation frigates). The FREMM will be capable of versatile
missions such as air defense, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare.
The Normandie FREMM Frigate during its launch on 18/10/2012 (Picture:
For DCNS, the FREMM program is the construction of
twelve frigates. Eleven are for the French Navy. They were ordered by
the French Procurment Agency (DGA). The twelfth is conducted on behalf
of the Royal Moroccan Navy.
FREMM frigates are built with DCNS as prime contractor. These are amongst
the most technologically advanced and competitive ships
on the market. Heavily armed, they implement the most
advanced weapons systems and equipment, such as Herakles multifunction
radar, Aster surface-to-air
missiles, Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles and MU 90 torpedoes.
To date, six FREMM are under construction at the DCNS Shipyard in Lorient:
• The Aquitaine,
first of the FREMM series, will be delivered to the French Navy by the
end of 2012.
• The Mohammed
VI, second of the series, for the Royal Navy of Morocco, was
set afloat in September 2011.
• The Normandie, third ship in the FREMM series, has been set
• The Provence, fourth of the series, will soon be assembled
• The Auvergne and Languedoc, fifth and sixth ships of the FREMM
series saw their construction begin respectively in September 2011 and
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.