U.S., Spain Team To Develop New Warship

Proving the depth of efforts to internationalize business, the Advanced Frigate Consortium (AFCON) announced its intention to design, develop and market a new class of corvette-size ships to meet the emerging needs of international navies. The main players in the consortium include IZAR of Spain; Lockheed Martin Naval Electronics & Surveillance System; and General Dynamics Bath Iron Works of the U.S.

The corvette ship class will be designed with advanced platform, propulsion and combat systems including superior anti-air, anti-surface, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

The AFCON team will work with international navies to design and develop an affordable, high-performance warship tailored for use in a nation's anti-air.

anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare operations.

Though smaller than a frigate, the 2,600-ton design has excellent survivability with a focus on susceptibility and vulnerability that is typically limited to heavier displacement hulls.

This fast vessel will be equipped with advanced features such as the SPY-1K phased-array radar, modern hull-mounted sonar system, helicopter facilities, MK 41 Vertical The agreement signifies AFCON's plans to continue its expansion into the corvette-class market. AFCON was formed in 1999 to pursue international surface ship opportunities. Today, its portfolio includes the IZARdesigned F 100 and F 310-class frigates and the DDG 51 class destroyer.

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