Nikólaos Panayotópoulos, Greece’s Minister of Defense, Pierre Eric Pommellet, the CEO of Naval Group, and Eric Béranger, the CEO of MBDA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to begin negotiations to provide the Hellenic Navy (HN) with three Defense and Intervention frigates (FDI HN), as well as an optional additional frigate, according to Defence Blog.
The French government has signed a long-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the French Naval Group to acquire three FDI HN frigates, according to a spokesman for the French military ministry (plus one in option).
The FDI HN frigates will be built at the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient, which has just begun work on the second in the series for the French Navy.
For Greece, the FDI HN will be a source of power and sovereignty.
The Hellenic Navy will have a cutting-edge, high-performance surface fleet thanks to the FDI HN.
The FDI HN is a first-rank frigate that combines Naval Group, Thales, and MBDA’s top technologies, including the ASTER 30 B1 and Exocet MM40 Block 3C missiles. It will be completely compatible with fleets from Europe and NATO.
The first two frigates will be delivered in 2025, with the third being transferred to the Greek Navy in 2026.
Greece will be the multi-mission frigate’s second customer, boosting the total number of units manufactured from five for the French Navy to eight, plus one as an option.