Since the reported issues on to maintain
and operate their current MEKO 360H2 frigates, it was come to the knowledge of
the Argentine Navy that the logistics of the Rolls Royce Olympus and Tyne
marine turbines is set to be discontinued within 24 months. This has come to
affect current frigates of Argentina, Brazil and Chile navies. Such Almirante
Brown class frigates have never had any comprehensive upgrades and both an
engine replacement and these systems replacements can come both too expensive
and too late. Recent publications have disclosed the fact that the French Marine Nationale has chosen to withhold two La Fayette class frigates, out of five, from being upgraded considering that expects a new class of frigates to replace this class. A quarter of century ago, these frigates were among the first to present a “stealth” design.