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"Cassard" class frigate, 1:350 . "Cassard" class (Type F70 AA) is a class of frigates of the French Navy. Scale 1:350 . The "Cassard" class is a class of anti-air warfare frigates of the French Navy. The class is an air defence variant of the "Georges Leygues" class. The two classes have a different armament and propulsion system mounted on an identical hull. Their primary role is to provide air cover for a fleet, an aeronaval group, a convoy & a littoral point. Their secondary role is to manage air assets coordination & aircraft control for the force, especially through Link 16.They can also be used for research, identification or presence missions. The "Cassard" class frigate was initially designed to replace the four T 47-class anti-air warfare vessels in service at the time. Initially procured with four ships in the class, (the third and fourth hulls authorized for construction in 1983), the class was cut back to two vessels after the United States chose to terminate the production of the Standard SM-1MR missile. The prolonged design period led to the plans being redrawn several times. The "Cassard" frigates are armed with one Mk13 launcher for the 40 "Standard" SM-1MR anti-air missiles. The missiles have semi-active rader homing out to 46 km at Mach 2 with a ceiling limit of 18 km. The Mk13 single arm launchers and SPG 51 tracker/illuminators were taken off the T 47 destroyers "Bouvet" and "Kersaint" and refurbished. The Cassard's are also provided with two "Sadral" sextuple launchers for 39 "Mistral" CIWS anti-air missiles. They are anti-sea skimmer missiles and are able to engage incoming targets down to 3.0 m above sea level. For anti-ship weaponry, the class is provided with eight MM40 "Exocet" anti-ship missiles. The MM40 "Exocet" missiles are sea-skimmers with a warhead of 165 kg and have a range of 70 km at Mach 0.9. The frigates also have two fixed torpedo tubes for ten L5 mod4 torpedoes. These torpedoes have active and passive homing with a range of 9.5 km at 35 kn. They carry a 150 kg warhead and can travel to a depth of 550 m. The "Cassard" class is armed with a Creusot-Loire Compact 100 mm/55 Mod 68 DP gun. The gun can fire 80 rounds per minute out to 17 km in an anti-surface role and 8 km against aerial targets. The vessels are also supplied with two 20 mm F2 anti-aircraft guns and four 12.7mm machine guns. The class carries one anti-submarine helicopter on a deck placed aft with a hangar provided for storage. Originally supplied with a Westland "Lynx", they were later replaced with the Eurocopter AS 565 "Panther". The SAMAHE 210 helicopter handling system is adaptable to different types of undercarriages on helicopters and had munitions trucks to position weapon loadouts to assist the arming of the helicopters. Compare with 1:700 scale build. My model is built in the scale of 1: 350, for the construction took 600 (488 - above waterline) bricks.

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