Poster of the furtive french frigate " La Fayette"
A digital drawing of the French frigate La Fayette Class
First in a class of five ships for the French Navy, the frigate La Fayette was docked in 1990 and commissioned in 1996.
This new class had to meet two needs: to ensure sovereignty in national waters and to participate in the settlement of crises overseas. This is why it had to be autonomous but also integrable in a naval air force. Among the missions it must fulfill, let us also quote special operations or humanitarian missions.
It is a highly technological vessel. Indeed, from its conception, stealth (radar, infrared and acoustic signature) and modularity (in order to minimize downtimes for modernization) were essential objectives. All the latest technologies available at that time have been used to increase its automation, and to reduce manufacturing and maintenance costs.
A 10-ton class helicopter (Panther or NH90) capable of carrying out light transport, anti-submarine warfare or surface vessel missions is on board.
There are a total of 6 ships: La Fayette, Surcouf, Courbet, Aconit and Guepratte. These frigates are equipped with a 100mm cannon, two 20mm F2 cannons, a Crotale CN2 ramp, eight ExocetMM40 block 2 missiles and two M134 miniguns
The Taiwanese and Saudi Arabian navies (Sawari 2 sale) with 6 and 3 units respectively delivered or being delivered. The equipment is different from the frigates of the French Navy.