FDI Belh @ rra remains the most effective choice for Greece

The competition is raging in Athens as the Greek authorities announced that they would decide on the winner of the competition for the acquisition of 2+2 new frigates before the end of the summer. A few days ago, London announced that it was ready to give up 2 of its Type 23 frigates for free if Athens compromised in favor of Babcock's Arrowhead 140 model, while Fincantieri presented its offer on the basis of the FREMM Bergamini accompanied by two Maestrale class frigates, and that the Netherlands offered their two Karel Doorman class frigates alongside the Sigma 11515 HN…

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The future of the French Navy, between ambitions and concerns

In recent days, announcements have followed one another around the future programs of the Navy, both on the side of the Hotel de Brienne (the Ministry of the Armed Forces) and the General Staff of the Navy. But these announcements, if they carry the ambitions of what the French Navy will be tomorrow, also announce a very difficult transition in the years to come, as the programs have been postponed or spread out during the preceding decade, to the point of, now, no longer being able to avoid temporary capacity disruptions. In any case, this is a point on which Admiral Pierre Vandier, Chief of the Naval Staff, wanted…

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First launch of an MdCN cruise missile from the French submarine Suffren

The new nuclear attack submarine Suffren, first unit of the eponymous class which will equip the French Navy instead of the Rubis class submarines in the years to come, carried out, on Tuesday, October 20, a first firing the MdCN Naval Cruise Missile developed by MBDA France, a missile which already equips the FREMM anti-submarine warfare frigates of the French Navy. According to the press release from the Ministry of the Armed Forces and the DGA, the firing went perfectly well, constituting a crucial stage in the development of the weapon system that the new French attack submarines will represent. The arrival of cruise missiles in the arsenal…

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These 5 capabilities that make the FDI Belh @ rra frigates indispensable in Greece

If the file around the order of 18 Rafale planes by Greece was negotiated in just a few weeks, the one surrounding the possible transfer of French frigates to the Hellenic Navy has been dragging on for more than a decade. The progress recorded at the beginning of the year around the acquisition of the 2 FDI Belh@rra frigates from Naval Group, in a standard identical to those ordered by the French Navy, were swept away during the summer by negotiations, it seems. it risky on the French side, having led Greece to consider other options, such as ordering new, less expensive frigates from the Netherlands or Germany. Without going into detail…

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As French supply of FDI frigates bogged down, US launches offensive in Greece

In an article published in La Tribune last week, journalist Michel Cabirol depicted a more than problematic situation regarding the future of negotiations between France and Greece regarding the contract for the acquisition of two FDI frigates. According to the information obtained by our colleague, Athens would have been surprised by the price offered by Paris, which was well above the discussions that the Greek state had had so far with French industrialists, while France would still not be able to propose a solution. acceptable and solid funding for this program. However, it is impossible to make a relevant judgment on the price…

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The nuclear attack submarine Suffren, the future armed wing of the French Navy, begins its sea trials

We have mentioned it in recent days: the renewal of French attack submarines is well underway. On the one hand, the Suffren, the first of a new class of nuclear attack submarines, now floats freely and is currently beginning its sea trials. On the other hand, the French Navy has received its first heavy torpedoes new generation, which will constitute the main armament of these new buildings. Together, the Suffren class and the F21 torpedo will allow the replacement of the Rubis class of nuclear submarines and the F17 torpedoes, now obsolete in many respects. The opportunity for us to come back to the Barracuda program which led to the…

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With the SMX 3.0 submarine model, Naval Group pulls out all the stops to win in India

During the DEFEXPO show in India, Naval Group exhibited its SMX 3.0 concept and, in doing so, lifted the veil on what its proposal for the P75i submarine program could be. According to several sources, citing representatives of Naval Group, the submarine model would thus be close, if not inspired, to the SMX 3.0, a design presented for the first time at the Euronaval 2016 show in Paris. Contacted on this subject, Naval Group tells us that if the SMX 3.0 is not strictly speaking “the” submarine proposed for India, it is representative of what the French group can offer in terms…

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With the Naval Cruise Missile, MBDA and Naval Group join forces in India

According to the specialized Indian site www.livefistdefence.com, the European group MBDA and the French Naval Group have offered the Indian authorities the MdCN cruise missile within the framework of the P75i program relating to the design and construction of 6 propulsion submarines. anaerobes for the Indian Navy. This announcement was expected, since the main competitor of the French group, the Rubin design offices of Saint-Petersburg, had proposed on their side the implementation of Kalibr cruise missiles from the proposed model based on the Lada class. This announcement further marginalizes the other offers presented as part of this program in the face of…

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The US Navy updates the Tomahawk but plans to drastically reduce its stocks

Along with the mythical B-52 and the bomber with futuristic lines B-2, the Tomahawk TLAM cruise missile is undoubtedly the most symbolic machine of American striking power. Entering service in the mid-1980s, this missile has been in all conflicts since then in different variants that are regularly updated. While the US Navy has never had so many launch platforms for this missile – 10000 compatible tubes scattered over 89 destroyers and 58 submarines – and it still has nearly 4000 Tomahawks in stock, the 'US Naval Institute announces that the United States Navy is about to begin a new…

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The 6me FREMM, Normandy, begins its trials at sea.

Barely a week after the entry into service of the frigate Bretagne, 5th unit of the FREMM class, it is Normandy's turn to begin its sea trials. The FREMM Normandie is the 6th unit of the class of multi-mission frigates. Like Brittany, it will have sold off its 16 medium-range Aster 15 anti-aircraft missiles for long-range Aster-30 missiles, the same equipping the Forbin-class Horizon air defense frigates, and the 2 future Air Defense FREMMs, Alsace and Lorraine, which will enter service in 2021 and 2022 respectively. The Brittany and Normandy FREMMs retain…

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