Al-Riyadh Class (F-3000S)

Operator: Saudi Arabia
Status: In Service
Number: 3
Ships: 812 Al-Riyadh
814 Makkah
816 Al-Damman
Cost: Part of $3.4 billion ‘Sawari-2′ deal
Acquired: 2002-2004
General Specs:
Country of origin: France
Class: Frigate
Manufacturer: DCN
Introduced: 1996
Displacement: 3800 tons (4650 tons full load)
Length: 436 ft (133 m)
Beam: 55 ft (17 m)
Hull Material:
Propullsion: 4 x SEMT Pielstick 16 PA6 STC diesel
Speed: 25 knots
Range: 7000 nm
Fuel Capacity:
Crew: 180
Guns: 1 x 76mm 62 cal. OTO Melara SuperCompact DP
2 x 20mm 90 cal. Giat 15B
Anti-air: 2 x 8 cell Sylver VLS for Eurosam Aster 15 SAM
Anti-ship: 8 x  MM40 Exocet MBDA
4 x DCNS F17 heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo
Radar/Sensors: Thales Underwater Systems CAPTAS 20 towed array sonar
SFCS automated combat management system
SENIT 7 combat system
DCNS CTM radar / infrared system
Thales Castor 2J I-band pulse Doppler radar
Thales Arabel 3D I-band surveillance and fire control radar
DRBV 26D Jupiter long-range air search radar
Defense/Countermeasures: DR 3000 ESM
Altesse communications intercept system
Salmandre B2 radar jammer
TRC 281 communications jammer
2 x Sagem Defense Securite Dagaie decoy launchers
Other: 2 x helicopters (Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin or AS532 Cougar or NH90)

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