According to a press release released by Lockheed Martin on August 3, 2021, the company has entered into association agreements with key Greek industrial partners, in support of the Hellenic Navy’s modernization program. These agreements include specific areas of collaboration tailored to partner capabilities and will allow the Greco-American industry team led by Lockheed Martin to quickly begin work on this important program.
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A multi-mission surface fighter model during DEFEA (Image source: Navy Recognition)
At the same time, the agreements will expand job opportunities in Greece in the future in a number of specialties of the maritime industry and support efforts to recapitalize Greek shipyards. This work will include the integration of combat systems, testing, maintenance and modernization of the ship.
At a working event last week, the partner companies met with Lockheed Martin to begin developing more specific industrial participation plans to meet the timeline set for the MEKO-200 upgrades and the Hellenic Future Frigate program. Companies that have joined the Lockheed Martin-led team include:
– Oceanking Technique and Trading
– Intracom Defense Electronics – IDE
– Endeavor Integrated Solutions
– Akmon SA
– METKA SA
– Aeroservices SA
– ALS navy ship design
Lockheed Martin will work with our Greek industrial partners, including shipyards where appropriate, fully focused on the successful delivery of the program in coordination with the US Navy and the Hellenic Navy. Lockheed Martin will look to introduce more Greek teammates in the coming weeks. The team will draw on the deep knowledge and expertise of the Greek defense industry by expanding capabilities in ship design, logistics, training and sustainment.
Lockheed Martin’s partnership with Greece spans over 75 years and includes many successful programs, such as the F-16, C-130 and P-3. In 2020 Greece added the MH-60R to its fleet. Along with this acquisition, the Hellenic Navy, the US Navy and Lockheed Martin are working with local industry to sustain and modernize the existing S-70B fleet. Lockheed Martin places great importance on its enduring relationship with Greece, the Hellenic armed forces and Greek industry and looks forward to building on this successful legacy.
As part of the Greek purchase of four frigates for the Hellenic Navy, Lockheed Martin’s offer is the future Multi-Mission Surface Combatant.
The Multi-Mission Surface Fighter (MMSC) is a deadly and highly maneuverable multi-mission surface fighter capable of coastal and high seas operations. It was designed from the ground up to deal with modern maritime and economic security threats. .
The MMSC utilizes the proven capabilities of the U.S. Littoral combat ship and the inherent flexibility of the Freedom Variant’s hull to meet the unique maritime demands of international navies. The Multi-Mission Surface Combatant has a range of 5,000 nautical miles and can reach speeds of over 30 knots. It will be based on the 118-meter hull of the Freedom variant Littoral combat ship and will use the same combined diesel and gas propulsion system.