During a visit to the Naval Group shipyard this Thursday in Lorient with Florence Parly, the Greek Minister of Defense announced that the contract for the three frigates will be formalized after the completion of the procedural route.
The memorandum of understanding signed in September between Paris and Athens on a contract worth 3 billion euros for three defense and intervention frigates is taking shape. Thursday, on the sidelines of the informal meeting of European Defense and Foreign Affairs Ministers being held in Brest, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and his French counterpart, Florence Parly, visited the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient where these frigates will be built. The Greek minister said that the contract should be formalized after the completion of the procedural route. A fourth ship is still optional.
“My estimate is that in March, April at the latest, we can sign,” said Nikos Panagiotopoulos.
Delivery in 2025
These ships are FDI-HN frigates, buildings of 4600 tons for more than meters long equipped with ultra modern radars designed by Thales. France has undertaken to deliver these frigates between 2025 and 2026 by taking the ships from the order for six ships placed by the French Navy with Naval Group, said the Ministry of the Armed Forces. France will receive the first FDI frigate in 2024, the next two will be delivered to Greece. In 4600, two ships will be delivered, one to France, the other to Greece.
“Here, on this site, will soon be built a part of Greek security” as well as “a part of European defense”, declared Florence Parly.For this contract, Naval Group was in competition with the Netherlands, Germany and also the United States. According to our sources, Greece would have rejected the American offer because of costly maintenance, but also after the American method on the affair of the Australian submarines.
In Lorient, the French Minister also mentioned the acquisition by Greece of 18 Rafale aircraft a year ago “which will be supplemented by six additional Rafale aircraft”, she said. The first six planes will arrive in Greece “as early as next week”, she confirmed.