The United Arab Emirates turns to the MICA VL NG missile for its Gowind 2500 corvettes

In November 2017, the United Arab Emirates confirmed the order for two Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French military shipbuilder Naval Group. If many of the equipment selected by Abu Dhabi were of French origin, the anti-aircraft defense was then entrusted to the American couple formed by the vertical launch system VLS Mk41 and the anti-aircraft missile ESSM Block 2, the new version of the heir to the Sea Sparrow. But according to the Naval News site, the Emirati authorities have changed their posture, to turn to the French MICA VL NG missile from the MBDA missile, a new version of the MICA VL surface-to-air missile itself derived from the very…

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Naval Group's Gowind 2500 corvette still favorite in Greek competition

After the Italian Fincantieri with a lighter version of the Doha-class light frigates, and Lockheed-Martin with the age-old MMSC, it is now up to the British Babcock to try to enter the Greek competition to locally build 5 corvettes to the Hellenic Navy. Like the American Lockheed-Martin, Babcock is offering the same ship in Athens as the one offered in the "Frigate" competition which saw the success of the FDI Belharra, in this case a less well-armed and equipped version. of its 140 ton ArrowHead 5.700 frigate which has been retained by the Royal Navy for the Type 31 class,…

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Competition rages on between Naval Group, Fincantieri and Damen for Greek corvettes

The competition for the construction and delivery of 5 corvettes for the Hellenic Navy could well be the repetition of the one that raged over the frigates, and which saw, finally, Athens arbitrate in favor of the Defense and Intervention Frigate or FDI Belharra of Naval Group last September, after two years of intense negotiations and sensational reversals. As before, despite the advanced discussions on this subject between the French manufacturer and the Greek authorities, the European and American competitors of Naval Group are determined not to facilitate the negotiations, with a lot of counter-proposals and…

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Negotiations for Gowind 2500 corvettes built in Greece to advance rapidly

When we have followed with pain the most often biased and devoid of material comments concerning the Shortfin Barracuda submarine program in the Australian press, follow the reactions of the Greek press about the announcement of the choice of the FDI Belh@ frigates rra for the modernization of the country's fleet, is more than refreshing, as the enthusiasm overflows from press articles and comments from the Greeks themselves. We also learn, at the turn of a paragraph, that the Naval Group frigate had received, by far, the best rating from the Higher Council of the Hellenic Navy, leaving few chances to…

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Greece would be close to ordering 3 FDI frigates and 3 Gowind 2500 corvettes from the French Naval Group

After the painful Australian episode, to say that the French Naval Group needed good news to restore its image would be an understatement. It seems that this good news is close to arriving, if we are to believe the most active accounts on the social networks of the Hellenic peninsula in this area, since according to several of them, Athens and Paris have managed to an agreement for the acquisition of 3 FDI Belh@rra frigates, as well as, and this is a surprise, 3 Gowind 2500 corvettes, accompanied by an industrial and strategic partnership including, as you might expect, the local construction of part of the ships. However, you have to take…

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What are modern Corvettes worth?

During the Second World War, corvettes were ships of limited tonnage, 1000 tons for the very prolific Flower class of the Royal Navy, intended to escort convoys against underwater threats and secure the coasts. Over the years, corvettes disappeared from the majority of large modern navies, replaced by heavier and more versatile frigates or less expensive missile patrol boats, while the threat on the coasts faded and that anti-submarine warfare needs were dealt with more by the submarines themselves, and maritime patrol aircraft. However, in recent years,…

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Is the Mediterranean again an area of ​​concentration of forces?

Traditionally, when we think of geographical areas under tension where many military forces are present, it is common to refer to the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, or more recently to the Western Pacific, especially around the China Sea. . On the other hand, the Mediterranean, and in particular the eastern Mediterranean, which was between the Second World War and the end of the 60s one of the most active areas militarily speaking, has since slipped, in the overall perception, towards the status of a secure area, allowing a significant commercial traffic. But for the past decade, many nations bordering the Mediterranean, as well as others there…

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In Southeast Asia, the number of submarines has increased by 300% in 20 years

With the rise of the Chinese fleet, which aims to equal the US Navy by 2050, and the policy of fait accompli sometimes implemented by Beijing, naval tensions in Southeast Asia have increased since ten years. It is therefore not surprising to note that the majority of the countries in the zone are developing and modernizing their navies, sometimes in a substantial way. Beyond Japan, the two Koreas, Australia and India, many Marines, who until then were confined to coastal defense and State action missions at sea, are now being given of…

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Rome poised to win in Cairo on the rubble of Franco-Egyptian defense cooperation

At the beginning of last week, the Italian press revealed that Egypt would be in negotiations for the acquisition of the last two Italian FREMM-GP general-purpose frigates, the F598 Spartaco Schergat and the F599 Emilio Bianchi. In our analysis of the subject, we evoked the industrial, diplomatic and operational logics that could underlie such a purchase, while recalling that such negotiations are by definition long and uncertain. However, last weekend, the Italian defense twittosphere got carried away again by evoking a potential mega-contract of more than 9 billion euros which would be in negotiation between Rome and Cairo, in addition to the first two FREMM,…

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To face China, Indonesia is interested in Rafale and French submarines

According to Michel Cabirol in the columns of the economic site latribune.fr, the visit of the Indonesian Defense Minister, Prabowo Subianto, to Paris earlier this week would have opened up interesting opportunities for the French defense industry in the country. Indeed, Jakarta, which has just increased the budget of the armies by 16% in 2020, would be interested in several major French equipment to strengthen its armed forces, and to be able to dissuade Beijing from any action by excess of confidence in the region. If it is, for the time being, only preliminary discussions, the French solution would offer several significant assets to carry the decision. According to information…

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