4 ALMIRANTE BROWN-class DESTROYERS (DD) (German MEKO 360 H2 design) Name Pendant Launched Commissioned Status ALMIRANTE BROWN D-10 March 28, 1981 Jan. 26, 1983 Active LA ARGENTINA D-11 Sept. 25, 1981 May 4, 1983 Active HEROINA D-12 Feb. 17, 1982 Oct. 31, 1983 Active SARANDI D-13 Aug. 31, 1982 April 16, 1984 Active
HULL: These are flush-deck ships with the hull sides fared into the forward and after ends of the extensive, built-up superstructure. The superstructure and hull are made of steel, with sloping angles for a low radar signature. The hull is subdivided into 10 watertight compartments for increased survivability in case of a hit.
ARMAMENT: The two quad Exocet surface-to-surface missile launchers are forward of the twin stacks, while the Albatros octuple launcher is farther aft, abaft the air/surface search and the STIR radars. Two 40-mm twin gun mounts are located side-by-side in front of the bridge and abaft the 127-mm gun; two more are located outboard of the LIROD optronic director. The torpedo tubes are at the 01 deck level on either side of the stacks.
The ships were originally to have each embarked a Lynx helicopter, but the order for four Lynx helicopters was cancelled by Britain because of the Falklands War in 1982. A single AS 355 M Fennec is normally embarked, though two can be carried. Up to 10 anti-submarine warfare torpedoes can be carried for the helicopters. The helicopter is also equipped to provide over-the-horizon targeting for the Exocet missiles.
The vessels can carry a total of 10,752 rounds of ammunition.
SENSORS/ELECTRONICS: The class is equipped with a SEWACO combat data system.
MODERNIZATION: ALMIRANTE BROWN completed a two-year refit in 2005. LA ARGENTINA completed a similar refit in 2006 and SARANDI in 2009. Upgrades included reconfiguration of the flight deck to facilitate Sea King helicopter operations. EROINA completed a refit in 2008, but did not receive the flight deck modifications.
Blohm + Voss, Hamburg, Germany
CREW Total 200 (26 off. + 174 enl.) DISPLACEMENT Standard 2,947 tons Full load 3,667 tons DIMENSIONS Length overall 413 ft 1 in (125.9 m) perpendiculars 390 ft 5 in (119.0 m) Beam 45 ft 11 in ( 14.0 m) Draft hull 14 ft 2 in ( 4.3 m) sonar 19 ft 0 in ( 5.8 m) PROPULSION Main 2 x Olympus type TM 3B gas turbines (25,800 shp each); 2 x Tyne RM 1C gas turbines (5,100 shp each); Power 51,600 total shp; 2 x Escher-Wyss controllable- pitch propellers PERFORMANCE Speed Olympus turbines 31 knots Tyne turbines 21 knots Range 4,500 nm at 18 kts COMBAT SYSTEMS Helicopters 1 x AS-355M Fennec or SH-3D Sea King Missiles 2 x quad MM-40 Exocet SSM launchers 1 x Albatros (Mark 29) 8-cell launcher for Aspide SAM [24 missiles carried] Guns 1 x 127-mm/54-cal Oto Melara DP 4 x twin 40-mm/70-cal Breda/Bofors AA 2 x Oerlikon 20-mm Torpedo tubes 2 x triple 324-mm ILAS-3 tubes [18 Whitehead A-244A torpedoes carried] ASW weapons 2 x depth charge racks [10 Mk 9 depth charges carried] Radar 1 x Thales DA-08A air/surface search 1 x Thales ZW-06 surface search 1 x Racal-Decca 1226 navigation Fire control 1 x Thales WM-25 track-while-scan for missiles 1 x Thales STIR fire control 2 x Thales LIROD radar/optronic GFCS control the 40-mm guns Sonar 1 x STN Atlas-Elektronik KAE-80 (DSQS-21BZ) hull-mounted, medium-frequency EW 1 x Racal Rapids intercept 1 x Racal Scimitar jammer 1 x Graseby G1738 towed torpedo decoy 2 x 20-round Oto Melara 105-mm SCLAR decoy rocket launchers 1 x CSEE Dagaie double mounting decoy launcher
LATEST UPDATE: 1 January 2012