Exponaval 2016: NAVANTIA Presents ALFA Multimission Frigates
Alfa family collects all the lessons learned from the delivery of 14 ships
Navantia has attended the Exponaval fair in Valparaíso, Chile, where it has presented its Alfa family of frigates. The conference, given by José Luis Inogés, summarizes Navantia’s experience in the construction of frigates in recent years, as well as the new designs that it is currently developing to meet the new market needs and remain at the technological forefront of design.
The Alfa family collects all the lessons learned from the delivery of 14 ships of this family in the last 14 years, and with three units to deliver in the next three years. It has been created from two different design evolutions.
On one side of the frigate F-100, designed jointly with the Spanish Navy, with the peculiarity of being the platform of smaller dimensions with the AEGIS SPY-1D combat system installed. This first design later evolved as much to the F-105 frigate, introducing improvements, as to the class F-310 for the Norwegian Navy, with very specific requirements, like the AWD for the Australian Navy, having this one displacement maximum of about 1000 tons higher than the original frigate.
On the other hand, the light frigate. Based on the design of the AVANTE 2200, delivered to the Venezuelan Navy and with capacity for growth Navantia has developed designs of greater dimensions that fully cover the requirements of a light frigate, thus arising the frigate Alfa 3000 and the frigate Alfa 4000.