DEFEA 2021: Babcock displays Arrowhead 140 Type 31e frigate

During the International Defense Exhibition that will take place in Athens (Greece) from 13 to 15 July 2021, Babcock displayed a model of Arrowhead 140 Type 31e frigate, the British offer as part of the Greek procurement of four new frigates.

SAAB exhibits products and solutions for maritime defense IMDEX 2019 925 001A model of Arrowhead 140 Type 31e frigate (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Type 31 frigate or Inspiration class, and formerly known as the Type 31e frigate or General Purpose Frigate (GPF), is a planned class of frigate, based on the hull of the Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate, for the United Kingdom's Royal Navy intended to enter service in the 2020s alongside the Type 32 frigate, and the submarine-hunting Type 26 frigate.

The Arrowhead 140 can operate in all states and conditions with a Ship’s Company of less than 100 personnel. With dedicated accommodation for 160+ personnel and additional temporary accommodation, the platform can carry a significant number of Embarked Military Force, including Special Forces, littoral maneuver troops or additional command and control personnel.

The armament of the Arrowhead 140 includes medium Calibre Gun options up to 5” (127mm) for maritime interdiction, self-protection and engagement of surface and land targets. As well as small Calibre Guns up to 40mm caliber can be located in predesignated upper-deck weapon positions. In option, the frigate can be armed with a provision of up to 8 canister-launched SSGW (Surface-to-Surface Guided Weapons), VL missiles (SAM/SSGW/Land Strike/ASW) up to 32 cells and Close-In Weapons Systems.

The flight deck is designed for a wide range of naval aircraft and air systems, with a hangar that can accommodate an organic medium naval helicopter or lighter helicopter combined with unmanned air systems. Dedicated aviation magazine facilities to store and prepare air-launched weapons including ASW torpedoes and Anti-Surface missiles are provided. In addition, a fuelling system to provide HIFR capability from a proven NATO flight deck is incorporated. The large flight deck provides the flexibility to launch and recover non-organic aircraft up to 15t in weight.