Fremm, the integrated naval system

Fremm, the integrated naval system

On  March 4, the "Federico Martinengo" frigate,  the seventh unit of the ten Italian vessels that are part of the FREMM - European Multi-Purpose Frigate programme, was launched in the Riva Trigoso shipyard (Genoa, Italy). The FREMM programme was created as part of an international agreement in which Italy and France are united by a naval military cooperation agreement.

 

This latest frigate represents, in fact, a technological excellence: 144 metres long, it can reach 27 knots, accommodate up to 200 people and is capable of operating in different scenarios and critical tactical situations. Its operational capabilities range from anti-aircraft, anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare to sea-based fire support.

 

 

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In Italy, the FREMM programme is coordinated by Orizzonte Sistemi Navali, a Fincantieri (51%) and Leonardo (49%) consortium, and will have to deliver the last of the new frigates to the Italian Navy by 2022, thus replacing the Lupo and Maestrale class units.

 


LEONARDO’S ROLE 

 

The guiding principle that inspired Leonardo throughout the realisation of the most important military programme in the naval field ever established in Europe was to provide the best technology to handle different and continuously evolving operating scenarios.

 

In fact, for all units produced in Italy, Leonardo is responsible for the supply and integration of the entire ship's Combat System, consisting of the CMS (Combat Management System), radar and electro-optical sensors for firing control and tracking functions, systems for communication and air, surface and underwater defence systems.

 

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In particular, all frigates are equipped with KRONOS Grand Naval multi-function active radar - at the centre of the anti-air missile system, IFF SIR-M5-PA secondary radar and RAN-30X/I air and surface surveillance, LPI SPN-730 navigation radar and SPN-720 for helicopter precision approach, SASS (Silent Acquisition and Surveillance system) infrared tracking system and, finally, equipped with two multi-sensors (radar and electro-optical) for NA-25X fire control. Leonardo has also realised the integrated internal, external and tactical communication systems for the FREMM frigates. 

 

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Leonardo also provides two 76/62 mm Super Rapid defence systems that use the DART guided ammunition for tracking targets, the anti-mine sonar (Mine Avoidance Sonar), acoustic countermeasures against attacks by torpedoes (Decoy Launching System) and the MU90 lightweight torpedo launching system (Torpedo Launching System). 

 

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MBDA (an Airbus, BAE Systems and Leonardo consortium) is a participant of the FREMM programme, and is responsible for the SAAM ESD anti-air equipment, based on Aster 15 and Aster 30 missiles, and Teseo MK2/A anti-ship system, based on the Teseo missile. 

 

 

CARABINIERE SHIP’S TOUR 

The “Carabiniere” FREMM frigate left La Spezia on December 20, 2016, and made stops in several countries in the Middle East and the Far East before arriving in Australia. The ship will return to Italy in the coming months.

 

In addition to the systems designed, produced and integrated by Leonardo, the NH90 NFH multi-role helicopter produced by the Helicopters Division for the Italian Navy is also on the vessel, with specific avionics equipment for naval operations. The frigate, the fourth of the ten planned units, also includes anti-submarine capabilities.

 

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The Carabiniere mission is aimed at ensuring a presence, maritime surveillance, to strengthen the cooperation activities already underway with some trans-regional allies and initiate relationships with new potential partners, as part of the institutional tasks entrusted to the Armed Forces.

 

During its tour, besides dialoguing and cooperation activities, the Carabiniere is also committed to carrying out joint training activities with local Navies, as well as Maritime Capacity Building, giving the campaign an important significance in the field of assistance and humanitarian support. In addition, one of the Carabiniere’s objectives is the promotion of Italian excellence, through the organisation of social and cultural events, and the promotion of Italy’s image abroad, in collaboration with national diplomatic missions in the stop-off countries.

Leonardo 20/03/2017