Navantia and the Spanish Ministry of Defense signed the Order of Execution for the construction of five F110 frigates for the Spanish Navy, on April 23.
The Order was signed by the Deputy Director General of Armaments and Material Acquisitions (DGAM), Colonel Alfonso Torán; by the Director of Operations and Business of Navantia, Gonzalo Mateo-Guerrero and by the Commercial and Business Development Director of Navantia, Sofía Honrubia. In addition, the secretary of the State of Defense, Angel Olivares, attended the signing, held at the Ministry’s headquarters; the General Director of the DGAM, Admiral Santiago Ramón González and the President of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá.
This new generation of F110 frigates, whose construction will begin shortly in the Ría de Ferrol, stands out for having its own Spanish design and a high degree of industrial and technological sovereignty. Around 80% of purchases and supplies will be made to Spanish companies.
The design of this new frigate will incorporate notable advances at the technological level, such as the new integrated mast configured with different sensor and antenna solutions, the incorporation of a multi-mission space that expands the vessel’s capabilities in all defense segments and a new Hybrid propulsion plant more efficient and silent providing the vessel with great versatility. In addition, it will integrate unmanned vehicles on board and will have capacity for the future installation of directed energy weapons.
The frigates will be equipped with a Spanish combat system, SCOMBA, developed by Navantia. This system acts as the ship’s brain and integrates all the frigate’s sensors and weapons, such as the surface sensors, EW and IFF supplied by Indra, the S-Band radar and the Lockheed Martin vertical launcher, the AAW-SM- missiles 2 of Raytheon, the anti-submarine and sonar warfare systems of SAES and the navigation and communications systems of Navantia Sistemas.
It should be noted that the frigate F-110 will be the first major Spanish naval program developed within the framework of Shipyard 4.0 which will involve the most advanced integrated control and simulation systems, with the digital twin, which will be complemented by a nervous management system and intelligent communication “without cables”, which will permanently connect the crew with each other, and with the ship’s systems.
In addition, it will incorporate processes and components with additive manufacturing or 3D printing and will be the first vessels in the fleet to have an integrated cybersecurity system that shields ships from the increasing threats. All this makes it possible for the ship to have a reduced allocation for its operation. In addition, it will have high standards of habitability.
This program will benefit all Navantia shipyards with an impact on the employment of approximately 7,000 jobs per year for almost a decade, between direct and induced jobs. In addition to the workload for the Astillero de Ría de Ferrol, highlights the activity that will be generated in the Bay of Cádiz, through Navantia Sistemas with the development of the combat system of the frigate.
The GDP of the Spanish economy will increase by more than 590 million euros per year, and have an effect on aggregate demand of around 1,500 million euros per year. Additionally, the program will have great future export potential and once again reinforces the position of Navantia as a builder of reference frigates in the world.
Navantia, through its Strategic Plan, promotes the modernization and digitalization of Ferrol Shipyard moving towards Shipyard 4.0. It includes very ambitious investments worth approximately 165 million euros, among which a new manufacturing workshop, the most modern in Navantia, stands out for its quantity and immediacy, which will allow to start applying Shipyard 4.0 for the manufacture of sublocks of the F110, using the most modern techniques of shipbuilding.