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Naval Group presents FDI frigate and Gowind-class corvette


From July 13 to 15, 2021, Naval Group participates in the first edition of DEFEA, the defense exhibition of Athens in Greece organized by the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense. Naval Group will present its range of state-of-the-art military vessels, illustrated by the FDI frigate, the most modern new generation frigate. This is the French offer for the Greek purchase of four new frigates.

The future FDI defense and intervention frigates (Photo source: Army Recognition)

During the DEFEA, Naval Group reiterates its commitments to develop strategic partnerships with the Greek industry and the Hellenic navy. Naval Group has submitted as a member of the French team with MBDA and Thales a complete package designed to ensure that Greece has the best capacities in the shortest possible time with optimized costs as well as a strong participation plan of the Hellenic industry.

Naval Group is one of the few companies in the world able to deliver directly or through technology transfers a full range of warships with their combat systems and all the critical equipment necessary to engage naval power in a theater of operations.

The Naval Group stand on DEFEA will reflect this complete offer with a focus on surface vessels and innovative solutions.

The FDI frigate is the 5th generation of combat vessel for naval supremacy and crisis management. This warship is intended for navies looking for a compact frigate capable of performing a wide range of missions independently or as part of a task force. Like the FREMM, the FDI frigate has high-level capabilities in the areas of anti-aircraft, anti-surface, anti-submarine and asymmetric warfare, taking into account the operational heritage of the French Navy acquired in a situation of war.

Its maximum speed is 27 knots and it has an autonomy of 45 days with an operational availability of 3500 hours per year. The frigate will be able to accommodate 125 men and women + 28 passengers and will be able to carry both a helicopter (capacity of 10 t, the helicopter itself will weigh 5 t) and an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed within the framework of the SDAM program with Airbus Helicopters.

The first digital frigate, the FDI frigate integrates latest generation systems around a distributed digital cloud naval architecture, natively cyber-secure and compatible with new developments and evolutions in Information Technologies and offers sailors adapted services. Different versions are available to meet the specific needs of each navy.

The French Navy will operate five FDI frigates. The first of them is already in production and will be delivered in 2024 and the next two in 2025.

The FDI HN will meet all the requirements of the Hellenic Navy and the first could be in service from early 2025. Naval Group’s offer includes the construction of 3 of the 4 frigates in Greece.

The Gowind design is a family of steel monohull frigates, corvettes and offshore patrol vessels developed since 2006 by the French naval group, formerly known as DCNS, to carry out coastal missions such as anti-submarine warfare. marine (ASW). The Gowind family includes ships ranging in length from 85 to 111 meters (278 feet 10 inches to 364 feet 2 inches) and displacement of 1,000 tons to 3,100 tons.

Gowind® is a compact, military-designed surface combat aircraft equipped with a suite of advanced combat-proven anti-submarine, anti-surface and anti-aircraft systems to NATO standards. Gowind® relies on the latest technological advances developed and mastered by Naval Group for large frigates, in order to anticipate and meet future operational needs. It integrates the latest generation of combat systems developed by Naval Group, SETIS®, the “Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PSIM)” – combination of the integrated mast with its various sensors and of the Operational Center and associated technical rooms – and the high level integration, automation and user-friendliness of Naval Group systems.

The Gowind® corvette has already proven itself at sea with the Egyptian Navy and after a first class built in France in just 38 months, the rest of the series is being built successfully in Egypt.

SAAB exhibits products and solutions for maritime defense IMDEX 2019 925 001A Gowind class corvette model (Image source: Army Recognition)

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