What pressure tactics have the United States used in Greece to win the frigate market?

If you follow Meta-Defense carefully, you will not have escaped the Greek adventures to try to modernize its combatant surface fleet, and in particular its frigates, in order to be able to cope with the rise of the Navy. Turkish, and its program MILGEM. And you will not have missed, either, the rebound which has just taken place in Athens, when the Greek government obtained from the parliament the authorization to issue a letter of intent to acquire 4 MMSC frigates from the American Lockheed-Martin, effectively abandoning the year of negotiations with Naval Group on the acquisition of two FDI frigates.

The Greek site Defensereview.gr yesterday released some staggering information on the financial data of these deals yesterday, suggesting that the United States used very unorthodox means to get the Greek authorities to give in to them, to the detriment of France. According to the information obtained, the overall operation for the acquisition of 4 MMSC frigates, of which 3 would be built by Greek shipyards under American control, would be offered at a price of $ 4,4 billion, or € 4 billion at current exchange rates. However, this price is far from being as competitive as suggested by the American statements, especially given the offers made by Naval Group concerning the FDI Belharra.

The Thales SeaFire 500 radar which will equip the FDI has comparable performance, and even superior to believe the manufacturer, to the future SPY-7 which will equip the US Navy Constellations frigates.

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