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Cassard-class Guided Missile Destroyer

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MN Jean Bart at dock beside stealth frigates Surcouf and Courbet on July 21st, 2004.
The Cassard-class (Type F70 AA) is a class of AA (air defence) destroyers of the French Navy. The class is an air defence variant of the Georges Leygues-class. The two classes have a different armament and propulsion system mounted on an identical hull. Their primary role is to provide air cover for a fleet, an aeronaval group, or a convoy. They can also be used for research, identification or presence missions.

The experience gained during the design and construction of the Cassard-class was used for the design of the La Fayette-class frigates.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Air Defence Destroyer
  • Service Period: 1988-Present
  • Characteristics:
    • Length: 456 feet (138.99 meters)
    • Beam: 46 feet (14.02 meters)
    • Draft: 20 feet (6.1 meters)
    • Displacement: 4,500 tons (Standard); 5,000 tons (Full Load)
  • Crew: 250
  • Propulsion: 4 × SEMT Pielstick 18PA6-V280 BTC diesel engines, 42,000 hp
  • Range: 8,000 nautical miles (14,816 kilometers)
  • Speed: 29 knots (53.71 km/h)
  • Sensor Suite:
    • 1 DRBV26C sentry Radar
    • 1 Thales SMART-S MK2 (replacing DRBJ11B)
    • 1 DIBV2A infra-red alert system
    • 2 DRBN34 navigation and landing Radar
    • 1 DUBV 24C hull sonar
    • Syracuse II satellite communication system
    • 1 ARBR 17 Radar detector
    • 1 SAIGON radio emission detector
  • Countermeasures:
    • 1 ARBB 33 jammer
    • 2 SAGAIE NG decoy launchers
    • 2 DAGAIE decoy launchers
  • Armament:
    • 1 × Creusot- Loire Compact 100mm/55-caliber Mod 68 dual purpose naval gun
    • 1 x Mk.13 Single Arm Launcher (fires 40 RIM-66 SM-1 SAMs)
    • 2 × Sadral sextuple launcher (39 × Mistral CIWS anti-air missiles)
    • 8 × MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles
    • 2 × fixed torpedo tubes (10 × L5 mod 4 torpedoes)
    • 2 × 20mm F2 anti-aircraft guns
    • 4 × 12.7mm machine guns
  • Aircraft Carried: 1 × Eurocopter AS565 Panther anti-submarine helicopter

Unit Run[edit]

  • MN Cassard (D614)
  • MN Jean Bart (D615)
  • MN Condorcet (D616)
  • MN Durandal (D617)
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