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Purchase: Sigma Frigates for Morocco

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613  –  MRM Tarik Ben Ziad

On February 6, 2008, Morocco signed a USD$1.2 billion contract with Schelde Naval Shipbuilding for two Light frigate SIGMA 9813 and one Light frigate SIGMA 10145 which are modified versions of the existing SIGMA Class design. SIGMA frigates  received the local denomination of FMMM (Multi-Mission Moroccan Frigate).

A subsequent contract was signed on the April 1, 2008 with Thales Nederland for the supply and installation of the command and control and sensor package for the ships. The package included TACTICOS combat management system, SMART-S Mk2 surveillance radar, LIROD Mk2 tracking radar, Thales KINGKLIP sonar system, IFF system, Integrated communication system comprising external communication system and FOCON internal communication system, two Target Designation Sights, VIGILE ESM system, SCORPION ECM system, and the integrated navigation system.

The first frigate for Morocco, Tarik ben Ziyad, was launched in July 2010,began sea trials on 6 May 2011and was delivered on 12 September 2011. The second ship, Sultan Moulay Ismail, was launched on 2 February 2011 and was delivered on 10 March 2012. The third ship, Allal Ben Abdellah, was launched on October 2011 and was delivered on 11 September 2011.

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