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Cassard class

Guided-missile destroyer

Cassard class destroyer

The Cassard class guided-missile destroyers are rated by French navy as anti-aircraft frigates

Country of origin France
Entered service 1988
Crew 244 men
Sea endurance ?
Dimensions and displacement
Length 139 m
Beam 14 m
Draught 6.5 m
Displacement, standard ?
Displacement, full load 5 000 tons
Propulsion and speed
Speed 29 knots
Range 15 200 km at 18 knots, 8 900 at 24 knots
Diesel engines 4 x SEMT-Pialstick V280 (43 200 hp)
Helicopters 1 x AS 565MA Panther
Artillery 1 x 100-mm gun, 2 x 20-mm Oerlikon guns
Missiles 8 x MM.40 Exocet surface-to-surface missiles, one Mk.13 Mod 5 launcher for 40 SM-1MR Standard surface-to-air missiles, 2 x Matra Sadral sextuple launchers for Mistral surface-to-air missiles


   The two units of the Cassard class, Cassard and Jean Bart were built on the same hull design as the Georges Leygues class but have diesel propulsion rather than Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) turbine propulsion. They also have completely different armament, and the French navy rates them as anti-aircraft frigates. Considering their armament and displacement these ships are clearly destroyers, rather than frigates. These warships are called frigates for political reasons.

   The Cassard class warships carry forty SM-1MR Standard long-range surface-to-air missiles (which also have a limited anti-ship capability). Fired from a single Mk.13 launcher, these semi-active radar-homing missiles can intercept targets at altitudes up to 18 300 m to a maximum range of 46 km and travel at Mach 2. The Standard missiles were taken from old guided-missile destroyers. It was planned that these will be replaced during mid-life refits by Aster 30 missiles.

   Their primary anti-ship weapon is the MM.40 Exocet anti-ship missiles.

   The vessels carry one AS 565MA Panther helicopter, not for anti-submarine duties but for anti-ship missile targeting.

   It was planned that the Cassard and Jean Bart will remain in service until 2013 and 2015 respectively.


Cassard class destroyer

Cassard class destroyer

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