Saturday, 29 October 2016

French Navy FTI Frigate: From 57mm to 127mm, Naval Gun System Choice Still Open

The FTI (Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire or mid-size frigate) was undoubtly the "star of the show" at Euronaval this year. A scale model representative of its design was unveiled by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on October 18th. (You can see our video coverage of the event as well as a focus on the FTI in our Euronaval Day 2 video at this link).

Five new generation FTI frigates are expected to supplement eight FREMM frigates and two Horizon air defense destroyers by 2030 for a total of fifteen "first rank" surface combatants. While the model unveiled on the French MoD booth shows several specific systems fitted aboard, Navy Recognition learned that this model is not yet representative of the final configuration yet as the critical design review hasn't been reached yet. 

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