La Fayette (F-710) is the lead ship of the FLF class of stealth frigates, built during the first half of the 1990s and now in need of a major upgrade. Awarded to DCNS, the upgrade will begin in 2020 and the first of ship will be delivered in 2021. From 2021, the lead ship FS La Fayette, along with third and fourth ships in the class, FS Courbet and FS Aconit, will benefit from an upgraded ships’ platform and combat systems. The modernization program of the La Fayette-class frigate includes the upgrade of the platform and the combat systems. On 2 May 2017, the DGA (French Defence Procurement Agency) awarded the contract to renovate three of the five La Fayette-class Frigates (FLF) currently in service with the French Navy to DCNS. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence, the island plans to upgrade the missile interference systems of the six French-built La Fayette frigates it bought about 30 … Construction began at Lorient Naval Dockyard on 6 July 1992, launched 3 July 1993, and the ship was commissioned May 1996.. The French Navy awarded DCNS the contracts to construct the La Fayette (F710), Surcouff (F711) and Courbet (F712) frigates in 1988, and Aconit (F713) and Guepratte (F714) in 1992. The French defense ministry has pinpointed three Marine Nationale La Fayette-class frigates (FLF) that will be receiving mid-life upgrades. The upgrade is designed to permit the frigate to operate through the 2020s and into the 2030s and will incorporate the addition of hull-mounted sonar, improved point air defence systems as well as other upgrades including torpedo countermeasures. The La Fayette class (also known as FL-3000 for "Frégate Légère de 3,000 tonnes", or FLF for Frégate Légère Furtive) is a class of general purpose frigates built by DCNS and operated by the French Navy.Derivatives of the type are in service in the navies of Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Taiwan.. Surcouf (F711) is a La Fayette-class frigate of the French Navy. (USN photo) Ultimately, it is anticipated that the FDI-class will replace the La Fayette-class. The renovation work, which will start in 2020, will be performed in Toulon and synchronised with the scheduled overhauls of the frigates. Since her commission, Surcouf has taken part in numerous missions, notably in Operation Antilope (Gabon and Congo), Operation Trident (Kosovo) and Mission Khor Anga in the Djibouti zone. ). The modernization program of the La Fayette-class frigate includes the upgrade of the platform and the combat systems. DCNS has won a contract from the Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA) to modernize three La Fayette Frigates (FLF) serving in the French navy. ... to launch this refit and upgrade program. It will include renovations to the structure and electronic and computer systems to manage the ship's installations (propulsion, steering gear, power plant, etc. She is the second French vessel named after the 18th century general Marquis de Lafayette.She is the lead ship of the class, which is also used by the Royal Saudi Navy.. Gallery The French Navy's La Fayette Class multipurpose stealth frigates were developed and built by DCNS. Upgrade Courbet was the first ship of her class to begin a mid-life upgrade in October 2020. These ships will supercede the La Fayette-class frigates ship for ship, in the role of first rank frigates. La Fayette is a second-line multi-mission stealth frigate of the French Navy (Marine Nationale). 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