Greece’s Minister of Defense signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Naval Group and MBDA. Under the document, the negotiations for the supply of three FDI HN frigates plus one in the option are opened, Naval News reports.
For Greece, buying several first-class frigates becomes an important deal. Frigates of that class combine the best technologies from Naval Group, Thales and MBDA, which will supply the ASTER 30 B1 and Exocet MM40 Block 3c missiles. It will be fully interoperable with European and NATO fleets. Thus, with the HN defence and intervention frigates, the Hellenic Navy will have a state-of-the-art, high-performance surface fleet.
On Tuesday, the two officials have inked the MoU, which allows opening the negotiations for the supply of three FDI HN frigates and their equipment to the Hellenic Navy, with an option for one additional frigate.
The FDI frigates will be built at Naval Group’s Lorient shipyard, where the second in the series has just entered production. The FDI HN will be an asset of power and sovereignty for Greece.
The EU member state Greece will become the second customer for this multi-mission frigate, bringing the total number of units produced from five for the French Navy to eight plus one as an option.