Greek Defence Minister Nikólaos Panayotópoulos has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Naval Group and MBDA for the defence and intervention frigates (FDIs).

The agreement is to open negotiations between the parties for a purchase deal of three FDIs for the Hellenic Navy (HN). The deal will also include an option for a fourth frigate and FDI related equipment.

Greece will become the second customer of this frigate, with France serving as the first customer of the multi-mission frigate.

Naval Group will build the FDI HN frigates at its Lorient shipyard, where the French Navy’s second in the series of five frigates has recently entered production.

The two companies said that the advanced high-performance surface FDI HN fleet will project power and sovereignty.

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The companies said in a statement: “As a first-rank frigate, the FDI HN is a compendium of the best technologies of Naval Group, Thales and MBDA, which will notably supply the ASTER 30 B1 and Exocet MM40 Block 3C missiles.”

According to the companies, the FDI HN fleet will be completely interoperable with European and Nato fleets.

The 4,200t and 121m-long FDI frigates will be able to conduct anti-air, anti-surface, anti-submarine warfare or special forces projection missions.

The frigates will also be able to address new threats such as cyber-attacks and asymmetric threats.

The vessels will be equipped with fixed panels and a fully digital electronic warfare system.

In October 2019, Naval Group cut the steel for the French Navy’s FDI frigate during a ceremony at its facility in Lorient.