France Receives First Modernised La Fayette Frigate
The French Navy on 14 October announced it has received its first modernised La Fayette-class frigate after the Courbet completed an upgrade.
Courbet is equipped with a Kingclip hull-mounted sonar supplied by Thales, and the Crotale CN2 point defence missile launcher (also from Thales) was dismantled and replaced with two MBDA Sadral six-round launchers capable of firing Mistral 3 missiles.
Shephard Defence Insight notes that Sadral is integrated with the SENIT FLF combat management system. The launchers on Courbet are not new, having been recovered from decommissioned F70 anti-submarine frigates.
The operations centre has been completely overhauled and Courbet now …