In accordance with the decision taken by the Minister at the end of March in the Ministerial Investment Committee, Jean-Yves Le Drian launches today the construction of five ” Belharra ” class intermediate frigates (FTI) . The contract was notified to DCNS by the Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA).
This contract will enable the French forces to dispose of 15 first-class frigates by 2030 in accordance with the military planning law. This format will also be provided by eight multi-mission frigates (FREMM) and two Horizon air defense frigates.
The future frigate is positioned in the mid-tonnage segment for which there is strong demand for exports. Due to its modular appearance, the ship can be configured to fulfill various missions depending on the needs that will be expressed by our partners. Thus, on the one hand, the Gowinds, on the other the FREMMs, and soon the FTIs, France will have a complete offer for heavily armed buildings.
Finally, this program will enable DCNS to develop its technical and industrial capabilities in the segment of heavily armed surface buildings, notably at the Lorient site.
Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed:
” The construction of five Belharra class intermediate frigates, the first of which must enter active service in 2025, is essential to carry out operations guaranteeing the safety of Operations and maritime approaches of France in the face of threats, particularly underwater, which are rapidly worsening. It will enable France to have a building complementary to the FREMM and embarked on numerous innovative technologies, notably in the field of detection.”