Naval Group to Design Future French Navy OPVs

The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) notified Naval Group on October 5, 2021 of the contract relating to the preliminary and detailed design of the Oceanic Patroller (PO) program. This notification follows on from the signing of the framework agreement carried by the DGA on October 23, 2020 for the study, development, construction and maintenance in initial operational condition of…

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Two more H160s for the French Navy

May 20, 2021 – The French Armament General Directorate (DGA) has confirmed an option to Airbus Helicopters, Babcock and Safran Helicopter Engines for two more H160s for the French Navy. These aircraft will join the fleet of four H160s already contracted in 2020, the first of which is currently being assembled by Airbus Helicopters in Marignane, in the south of…

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Design Work Begins on Next French CVN

March 29, 2021 (Google Translation) – On March 19, 2021, the Directorate General for Armament (DGA) notified the preliminary design work for the new generation aircraft carrier (PA-Ng) to Naval Group, Chantiers de l’Atlantique and TechnicAtome. This work, lasting two years, will make it possible to consolidate the assumptions and technical data resulting from the preliminary study phase. The construction…

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France Orders Two FDI Frigates

March 29, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) notified Naval Group and Thales of the order for two defense and intervention frigates (FDI), Admiral Louzeau and Admiral Castex , which will be delivered in 2025. Complementing the FREMMs, the FDI are able to intervene in all areas of wrestling on the high seas. They incorporate many…

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France Orders MICA NG for Rafale Fighters

March 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces, welcomes the order by the General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) on March 5, 2021 from the company MBDA, of 367 new generation combat and self-defense interception missiles (Mica NG). They will be delivered between 2028 and 2031. Currently under development, the Mica NG will renew the medium-range…

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Thales Scorpion Helmet Sight Tested for French Navy Rafales

March 15, 2021 (Google Translation) – At the end of January 2021, the DGA Flight Tests center of expertise carried out compatibility tests on the Thales Scorpion * helmet sight on the Cazaux site (Gironde) with the parachute evacuation of a Rafale pilot. This test campaign is part of the process of integrating this equipment on the Rafale to the…

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French Navy Orders Drones for Hydrographic Work

February 11, 2020 (Google Translation) – The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) has ordered mini aerial drones from the Survey Copter company for the French Navy. Called system of airborne mini-drones on board for the Navy (SMDM), these contact drones will equip patrol vessels and frigates. This order, for an amount of 19.7 million euros, includes the acquisition of the…

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