Naval Group has signed a contract with the Greek Government to build three defence and intervention frigates (FDI) for the Hellenic Navy (HN).

The contract signing was marked by a ceremony held in Athens, Greece in the presence of Greek Defence Minister Nikólaos Panayotópoulos and French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

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It follows a defence partnership agreement signed between Greece and France in October 2021.

Under this contract, Naval Group will also provide in-service support and supply MU90 torpedoes and anti-torpedo weapon CANTO. It also includes an option for a fourth FDI.

The first two FDIs are expected to be delivered by 2025 and the third one in the following year.

Naval Group chairman and CEO Pierre Éric Pommellet said: “Naval Group is proud, along with its French industrial partners Dassault, MBDA and Thales, to be a part of this new chapter in the strategic alliance between Greece and France.

“Greece has chosen the latest generation of frigates that bring together the best of French naval know-how and will strengthen the capabilities of the Hellenic Navy.

“The frigates programme is the first of many steps in the partnership between Naval Group and the Hellenic Navy and will contribute to the development of the partnership between our countries, our navies and our industries for decades to come.”

The new frigates are expected to sustainably enhance the capabilities of the HN’s surface fleet.

The FDI HN will feature modern sensors, including Thales Sea Fire, an all-digital multi-function radar with fixed panels and active antenna.

Equipped with two data centres, hosting almost all of the ship’s applications, FDI HN also offers protection against cyber threats.

The FDI HN can conduct a wide range of warfare missions including, anti-ship warfare, anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and other special forces projection.

According to Naval Group, the company has been working in Greece to establish partnerships with local industries and will sign the first contracts for FDI HN in the coming months.