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DARING missile destroyers (2009-2013)


Daring 2007


Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Daring D32   BAE, Scotstoun 28.3.2003 1.2.2006 23.7.2009 in service (2019)
Dauntless D33   BAE, Govan 4.8.2004 23.1.2007 3.6.2010 in service (2019)
Diamond D34   BAE, Govan 25.2.2005 27.11.2007 6.5.2011 in service (2019)
Dragon D35   BAE, Govan 20.12.2005 17.11.2008 28.4.2012 in service (2019)
Defender D36   BAE, Govan 28.5.2007 21.10.2009 21.3.2013 in service (2019)
Duncan D37   BAE, Govan 29.2.2008 11.10.2010 26.9.2013 in service (2019)

Technical data

Displacement standard, t


Displacement full, t


Length, m

141.1 pp 152.4 oa

Breadth, m


Draught, m


No of shafts



2 Rolls-Royce/Northrop Grumman WR-21 gas turbine generators, 2 Wärtsilä 12V200 diesel-generators, 2 Converteam electric motors

Power, h. p.

67060 + 5440 = 68000

Max speed, kts


Fuel, t

gas turbine oil + diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts)7000(18)

2 x 4 Harpoon SSM (8 RGM-84C),  6 x 8 Sea Viper SAM (VLS, 32 Aster-30, 16 Aster-15), 1 x 1 - 114/55 Mk 8 Mod. 1, 2 x 1 - 30/75 DS-30M Mk 2, 2 x 6 - 20/76 Phalanx Mk 15 Mod. 1B, 1 helicopter (Merlin HM.2 or Wildcat HMA.2)

Electronic equipment

type 1045, type 1046, type 1008, 2x type 1047 radars, 2x EOGS 2500 e/o dystems, type 2100 sonar, EWCP ECM suite (RESM + UAT-16), 4x DLH SIREN decoy RL, type 2170 SSTD torpedo decoy, 2x DLF(3) floating decoy launchers, CMS-1 CCS


190 + 45 commandos

Standard scale images

<i>Daring </i>2010
Daring 2010


<i>Daring</i> 2007
Daring 2007
<i>Daring </i>2008  
Daring 2008  

Project history

British participation in the 1991 Project Horizon Common New-Generation Frigate program with France and Italy was terminated on 21.4.1999, but the UK stated a commitment to continuing the program's PAAMS (principal anti-air missile system) development effort, with the French Aster-15 and Aster-30 missile family. To meet a requirement for new large AAW ships, a new design was prepared. The formal order for the first six was placed on 18.2.2002. Unit cost per ship had been hoped to be around $435 million, but by 2009 the total projected cost for the six destroyers had risen to £6.46 billion, or roughly £1.076 billion each.     The ships are built in six blocks with work divided between BAE Systems' Govan, Portsmouth, and Scotstoun yards. D32 completed assembly at Scotstoun with final assembly of the remaining vessels taking place at Govan.     Changes in the design early in 2000 brought the hull flare up to the main deck, increasing overall beam and length, while the superstructure ended up being more sharply sloped than had originally been planned. The design employs Lloyds rather than Admiralty construction standards for warships. Maximum speed of 29 kts was expected, but D32 reached 31.5 kts during sea trials. The Rolls-Royce-Northrop Grumman WR-21 ICR gas turbine employs the core of the Rolls-Royce RB-211-535 aircraft engine; the plant is fuel efficient over a wide speed range. An integrated electric drive propulsion plant and fixed-pitch propellers are employed, although they are designed to enable their blade pitch to be increased up to 3° over the lives of the ships. Alstom Power Conversion received a contract on 31.7.2000 to design and develop the electric motors for the class. Litton Marine Systems and Rockwell Automation provide an integrated platform management system. The ships can accommodate helicopters up to the size of a Chinook.     The combat system is the BAe Defence Systems CMS-1 (based on the DNA1 SSCS) and is compatible with NATO Improved Link 11, Link 14, and Link 16; the system incorporates mostly existing equipment. The U.S. CEC (Cooperative Engagement Capability) is not fitted at the outset but may be installed during a future refit. The BAE Type 1045 (SAMPSON) target tracking and illumination radar uses a back-to-back/two-faced antenna array that rotates at the high speed of 30 revolutions per minute to maintain continuous radar coverage. The SAMPSON is a developed version of the multifunction electronically scanned adaptive radar (MESAR). The radar utilizes digital adaptive beam forming, which makes it highly resistant to jamming. The Type 1046 (S1850M Smartello) long-range search radar is an improved version of the Thales SMART-L radar integrated with a new transmitter based on that of the Marconi Martello radar. Raytheon Systems provides the navigation and integrated bridge navigational systems. The hull-mounted sonar, a variant of the EDO Model 997 refitted to Brazilian Niterói-class frigates, was selected in 2001. In place of the originally selected 127-mm weapon for the Horizon class, the ships carry Vickers 114 Mk 8 Mod. 1 gunmounts recycled from the Type 42 destroyers; in the future these could be replaced with a large 155-mm gun, such as the U.S. Advanced Gun System. Harpoon SSMs are today carried by only three ships of the class, 324mm ASW torpedo tubes are not normally carried, but space is reserved for their installation. Later units may eventually be equipped with two eight-cell Mk 41VLS to be able to launch Tomahawk land-attack missiles. A ballistic missile defense role is also under consideration.


2013, all: + Shaman/Sextant ISTAR ECM suite

Naval service

No significant events.