ATHENS, ($1=0.91 Euros) — Greece has signed with the French company Naval Group the production and supply of three FDI HN [Defense and intervention frigate, Hellenic Navy] frigates to be delivered between 2025 and 2026, plus the option of another, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing InfoDefensa.
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Under the defense agreement signed between Greece and France in October last year, two contracts have now been signed for the supply of these ships, in addition to their maintenance. The contract provides for the supply of MU90 torpedoes and Canto anti-torpedo systems.
The agreements were signed Thursday in Athens by Greek Defense and Armaments Investment Director-General Admiral Aristidis Alexopoulos and Naval Group CEO and President Pierre Eric Pomelet, in the presence of Greek and French defense ministers Nikolaos Panayotopulo. Florence Parley.
Naval Group said in a statement last May, detailing its proposal for Greece, that in addition to strengthening strong ties between France and Greece, the French offer meets all current and future needs of the Greek fleet with a comprehensive FDI HN-based package. “The best frigate in its category, but also the first modern frigate that is already available.” The Spanish shipbuilder Navantia also presented an alternative offer for this Greek program.
Aster and Exocet missiles
Plans for the program, which has been underway for months, include shipbuilding at the Naval Group’s shipyard in Lorient, Brittany, France, where the construction of frigates commissioned by the National Navy has already begun. Naval Group defines FDI HN, which it will supply to Greece, as “a collection of the best technologies from Naval Group, Thales and MBDA”. The ships will be equipped with Aster 30 B1 and Exocet MM40 Block 3C missiles, among other weapons, which is why the MBDA is also involved in the project and will be “fully interoperable with the European and NATO fleets”.
Its architects emphasize that the FDI HN will present high-level capabilities in all areas of war: anti-ship, anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, and special forces. “Its air and ground protection is provided by state-of-the-art sensors, including Thales Sea Fire, the first fully digital multifunction radar with active antenna and fixed panels,” according to a statement from Naval Group on Greek orders.
Each 122-meter-long FDI HN, with a displacement of 4,500 tons, will be equipped with an integrated mast that integrates all air sensors, allowing constant 360 ° surveillance. As the first frigate on the market with natural protection against cyber threats, according to its developers, IDF HN will be equipped with two data centers that host almost all applications on the ship.
Formerly known as FTI
The FDI, formerly known as the FTI, for the medium-sized frigate and now the Belharra class, is a 4,200-ton ship with a displacement of 122 meters and a crew of 125 plus 28 passengers if needed. These ships have already been acquired by the French Navy, which expects to receive its first unit in 2023 and complete a class of five ships in 2030. With the purchase, which is now being finalized, Greece will become the second customer of this frigate.
Each ship will have equipment for helicopters up to 10 tons and unmanned aerial vehicles and will be equipped with 32 Aster missiles, eight Exocet MM40 B3C missiles, RAM missiles, MU 90 torpedoes, 76 mm cannon, four anti-torpedo tubes, and Canto anti-torpedo tubes.
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