Spain has opted for Raytheon’s Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile as the primary ship self-defence system for its five new F-110 frigates.
The decision was confirmed to Jane’s by Spain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 20 September. The long-awaited decision – which means ESSM Block 2 has edged out MBDA’s rival Sea Ceptor system – was the last significant equipment down selection ahead of the official go-ahead for the F-110 project.
Defence minister Margarita Robles announced earlier in September that she hoped the programme for the building of the vessels, by the state-owned Navantia shipyards, would get under way in the next few months.
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