Naval Group Starts Assembling FDI HN Frigate for Greece

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  • 06:11 AM, October 22, 2022
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Naval Group Starts Assembling FDI HN Frigate for Greece
Naval Group lays first block of Greek FDI HN frigate

The first block of the first FDI HN frigate (Defense and Intervention Frigate) for the Hellenic Navy was laid down in dry dock at Naval Group’s shipyard in Lorient, France.

This important step marks the beginning of the assembly of the ship in the building hall.

On 24th March 2022, Greece chose to equip its naval forces with three defense and intervention frigates, plus one optional, and their in-service support. The FDI HN, designed and produced by Naval Group in Lorient, will quickly and sustainably enhance the capabilities of the Hellenic Navy's surface fleet as they will be delivered in a very short timeframe, starting in 2025 for the first two units and in 2026 for the third one.

On October 18, several contracts and framework agreements were signed between Naval Group and Greek companies during Euronaval, covering Platform and Combat Systems activities.

Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention (FDI)

The FDI HN features high level capabilities in all warfare domains: anti-ship, anti-air, antisubmarine and special forces projection. Its air and surface protection are ensured by the most modern sensors, including the Thales Sea Fire, the first all-digital multifunction radar with an active antenna and fixed panels.

The FDI HN is equipped with a unique integrated mast that brings together all the airborne sensors, enabling permanent 360° surveillance. As the first frigate on the market to be natively protected against the cyber threat, the FDI HN is equipped with two data centers hosting almost all of the ship's applications.

Technical specifications of the FDI HN:

Displacement: 4,500 tons ;

Length: approx. 122 meters ;

Width: 18 meters ;

Maximum speed: 27 knots ;

Aviation facilities: 10-ton class helicopter, VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The main armaments of the FDI HN are:

32 Aster missiles developed by MBDA ;

8 Exocet MM40 B3C missiles developed by MBDA ;

RAM missiles ;

MU 90 torpedoes developed by Naval Group ;

76 mm gun ;

4 torpedo tubes ;

CANTO counter measures developed by Naval Group.

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