A Look at the Spanish Navy’s Future Frigate: the F-110 Bonifaz Class

Navantia released a video showcasing a digital rendering of the Spanish Navy‘s future F-110 Bonifaz class frigate. The Spanish navy has signed a contract for the construction of five of these warships at a cost of €4.3bn in order to replace the Armada’s ageing Santa Maria class frigates. The Bonifaz will displace 6,100t, with a length of 145m, a beam of 18m, and a top speed of over 35k.

The ship’s Lockheed Martin 16-cell Mk-41 Baseline VII vertical launch system (VLS) will be capable of launching RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM) Block 2 and SAM Standard SM-2MR anti-air missiles.

RGM-84 Harpoon missiles will provide anti-ship capabilities, while the frigate will also be armed with Leonardo’s 127/64 LW Vulcano 5in/64 naval gun, two MK-32 Mod torpedo tubes and nine double torpedo launchers for Mk-54 Mod torpedoes, and four remote controlled 12.7mm remote-controlled machine guns.

Bonifaz frigates will also be fitted with a hangar and helideck for two NH-90 NFH/TTH helicopters or SH-60 helicopters or UAVs.

In terms of sensors and processing, the F-110 will feature the Aegis combat system along with a sonar suite by Thales, a SCOMBA combat system by Navantia, and an S-band variant of Lockheed Martin’s SPY-7 radar.

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