From May 9 to May 11, 2023, Naval Group will have a significant presence at the second edition of DEFEA, the Athens Defense Exhibition organized under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defense. Naval will showcase its surface ship propositions and technologies, through its FDI frigates and Gowind® corvettes, and its innovative warship capabilities. Greek-French industrial cooperation will be in the spotlight with several events and signing of subcontracts within the framework of the FDI HN program.
A long-standing partnership with Greece
At DEFEA, the Naval Group reinforces its commitments to Greek Industry and the modernization of the Greek Navy.
Naval Group with a presence in Greece since 2008, the company has built a reputation for its expertise and experience in ToT (Transfer of Technology) and local construction in the country. Thanks to this long-standing presence, the company has been able to identify and establish relationships with many highly specialized and innovative companies in the Greek defense industry, as well as with research and academic partners.
The development of the Naval Group’s Hellenic Industrial Participation Plan (HIP), as part of the FDI frigates for the Hellenic Navy program, is a significant advantage for Greece in terms of economic returns, high level and know-how transfer capability in the Greek defense industry . This project is moving forward, with more than 50 contracts already signed involving 60 Greek partners since the launch of the program in March 2022. It has numerous and lasting positive economic impacts on local industry, enabling, beyond the FDI program , integration of Greek companies into the Naval Group’s supply chain for future French and export programs. Naval Group’s bid for the corvette program also includes a strong industrial cooperation plan to ensure economic benefits to Greece of at least 30% of the program’s value and the creation of hundreds of jobs, while promoting the participation of Greek partners in international activities her.
A complete proposal for modern fleets
Naval Group is one of the few companies in the world with the ability to deliver directly or by technology transfer a complete line of warships with the combat systems and all critical equipment required to engage naval power in a theater of operations.
The FDI frigate
This state-of-the-art frigate is capable of performing a wide range of missions either autonomously or as part of a strike group. Like the FREMM, the FDI frigate has high-level capabilities in anti-aircraft, anti-ship, anti-submarine and asymmetric warfare domains, taking into account the operational heritage of the French Navy acquired in wartime situations. As the first digital frigate, the FDI frigate integrates state-of-the-art systems around a naval digitally distributed cloud architecture, inherently cyber-secure and compatible with new developments in IT that provides users with high-level services. FDI HN meets all Navy requirements. Fully interoperable with NATO and EU Navies, it is capable of effectively protecting high-value units or areas at sea, land-based installations, cities and Greek islands. The program is progressing exactly on schedule. The first two frigates will be delivered in 2025 and the third in 2026.
As part of the HIP project, Naval Group’s program includes the construction of blocks of French and Greek frigates in Greece.
The Gowind® corvette
Naval Group proposes the Gowind® corvette as a response to meet the requirement of the Hellenic Navy for the renewal of its naval capabilities. This military-designed compact surface combatant utilizes the best of the latest technological advances developed and mastered by the Naval Group for larger ship types such as frigates. It fully complies with the needs of the Hellenic Navy and paves the way for complementarity and interoperability between FDI and Gowind, which can create economies of scale for the Hellenic Navy: such as training, maintenance, etc.
The Gowind® corvette has already proven its worth in sea service with the Egyptian Navy. Naval Group has a long history of transferring technology and know-how to large complex industrial projects around the world. The Group has already demonstrated a successful ToT program for the Gowind type corvette. The first of the class was built in France in just 38 months and the rest of the series was successfully built in Egypt by a local shipyard.
The offer of products and services
Naval Xplore, an interactive, immersive and customizable 3D center in miniature, showcases the full range of Naval Group products and services. In an enclosed room in the pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the complexity of the operational environment of a warship, combined with the variety of threats and the performance of new weapons. Thanks to operational feedback and continuous investment in R&D (Research & Development), Naval Group demonstrates through the Naval XPlore experience how Naval Group ships and battle management systems provide intelligent and innovative solutions to meet the needs of navies.