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Spain opts for ESSM Block 2 for future F-110 frigates

24 September 2018

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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