US Orders the Fourth Constellation Frigate
The Constellation class frigates are based on the Italian version of the FREMM. According to initial estimates, it will displace approximately 7,500 tons and have a length of 151.1 meters. They can develop a maximum speed of 26+ knots and range up to 6,000 nautical miles. They will provide accommodation for 200 people. Their main armament will consist of a 57 mm gun, 4 Mk41 octuple launchers for anti-aircraft missiles, up to 16 NSM anti-ship missiles and a RAM family anti-missile system. The helipad and hangar will support two MH-60R helicopters or one MH-60R and one MQ-8C UAV. Construction of the first ship began in August 2022, and delivery is scheduled for 2026.
The fourth Constellation-class frigate will be completed by the end of 2028. So far, the requirements have reached 20 ships, and four have been ordered.