Anzac Class Frigates
The Anzac class frigates are based on the German Meko 200 frigate design, with eight ships introduced into RAN service.
The Anzac class ships are long-range escorts with roles including air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. Powered by a combined diesel or gas (CODOG) propulsion plant permits speeds in excess of 27 knots with an operational range of more than 6,000 nautical miles.
Each Anzac frigate is fitted with a package of air surveillance radars, omni-directional hull mounted sonar and electronic support systems which interface with a combat data system.
The ships’ main armament comprises one five inch (127 mm) gun capable of firing 20 rounds per minute, ship-launched torpedoes and a MK 41 vertical launch system for the Sea Sparrow point defence missile.
The ship can embark a multi-role Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter to enhance anti-submarine, anti-surface warfare and search and rescue capabilities. Embarkation of a helicopter also provides the ship with the capability to deliver air-launched torpedoes.
Displacement: 3,600 tonnes
Length: 118 metres
Beam: 14.8 metres
Ships company: 164
Propulsion: one General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine, two MTU diesels, driving two controllable pitch propellors
Speed: 27 knots
Weapon systems: one 5 inch Mk 45 Mod 2 automatic rapid fire gun, Sea Sparrow anti-air missile system, two Mk 32 triple-mounted anti-submarine torpedo tubes, six 50 calibre machine guns
Aircraft: one Seahawk helicopter