Thales has been contracted to provide the integrated anti-submarine warfare (ASW) sonar suites for the Spanish Navy’s five new F-110 frigates.
A contract valued at EUR165.5 million (USD184.3 million) was awarded by prime contractor Navantia on 11 December 2019. Navantia and the Ministry of Defence’s Directorate General of Armament and Materiel (DGAM) jointly selected the Thales ASW solution, which integrates hull-mounted and variable depth sonars through a dedicated software layer.
Being procured to replace the ageing F-80 Santa María-class frigates, the F-110 design is intended to provide the Armada Española with a versatile and flexible multimission surface combatant. Navantia was awarded a long-delayed manufacture contract in April 2019, with the first-of-class scheduled for delivery in 2026.
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