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Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire (FTI)

Grey Havoc

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Via CDR Salamander:

http://www.naval-technology.com/projects/fti-medium-size-frigates/
http://www.defensenews.com/articles/france-unveils-new-fti-frigate-ship-is-designed-for-the-french-navy-and-for-export
http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/178086/france-launches-new-fti-medium-frigate-program-with-dcns,-thales.html
 

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There's a lot to like about FTIe, the French really are on a roll of competent, handsome-looking ships right now. Looks like a worthy successor to the La Fayette class and a solid medium/light Frigate.

Just to add a bit more to the LCS comparison: FTI's a bit less than double the cost (sans LCS Mission Package), has 50-100% more crew (depending on LCS loadout) and displaces 1,500 more tons. A surprisingly good radar suite despite the light SAM load, compared to LCS's oft-criticized point-defense-only focus. There's also a big speed difference but I think everyone agrees the LCS' sacrifices on the alter of speed went a bit too far. Independence-class still has a lot more aviation space, but FTI's got better cruising range.
 

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http://www.defensenews.com/articles/dcns-thales-jointly-secure-4b-french-frigate-deal
 

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That's one sexy ship. Marine Nationale still stand on position that CIWS system is not necessary. One of model did show RAM system above hangar but it was more a hint towards outside clients I suppose.
 
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