Nikólaos Panayotópoulos, Greek Minister of Defense, Pierre Eric Pommellet, Chairman and CEO of Naval Group and Eric Béranger, Chairman and CEO of MBDA signed a Memorandum of Understanding on September 28 to open negotiations to provide the Hellenic Navy with three HN Defense and Intervention (FDI) frigates and their equipment as well as an optional additional frigate.
The FDI frigates will be built in the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient where the second in the series has just entered production.
The FDI HN will be an asset of power and sovereignty for Greece.
With the HN Defense and Intervention Frigates (FDI), the Hellenic Navy will have a state-of-the-art, high-performance surface fleet.
A first-rate frigate, the FDI HN is a compendium of the best technologies from Naval Group, Thales and MBDA which will supply the ASTER 30 B1 and Exocet MM40 Block 3c missiles in particular. It will be fully interoperable with European and NATO fleets.
Greece will thus become the second customer of this multi-mission frigate, bringing the number of units produced from five for the French Navy to eight in total plus one as an option.