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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Greek Prime Minister K. Mitsotakis confirms new order for 6 Rafale

Just a year ago, the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced the order for 18 Rafale fighter planes from France, including 12 second-hand taken from the Air Force fleet and the 'Space, for an amount of €2 billion. While the first aircraft, upgraded to F3R standard, was officially transferred to the Hellenic Air Force in July, the latter has just announced, during a speech given at the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair, the order of 6 additional aircraft, in order to bring the Greek fleet to 24 aircraft, thus meeting the expectations expressed by…

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Greece to prepare to order 6 additional Rafale

“A combat squadron consists of 18 aircraft, but a good combat squadron has 24 aircraft”. This is how a Greek military source specific to the file presented Greece's forthcoming intention to order 6 additional Rafales from France for the 332nd Hellenic fighter squadron, which has already sent 6 pilots to Mont-de- Marsan to begin their transformation on the French aircraft. On the basis of the current contract for the acquisition of 18 Rafales to the F3R standard, including 6 new aircraft and 12 taken from the Air and Space Force fleet, Athens estimates the amount of the…

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The 3 German Defense shipyards unite to face the national and international challenges to come

The German press recently revealed that Berlin has been seeking for several months to consolidate its naval industry in order to create a single national champion capable of competing with the French Naval Group, the Italian Fincantieri, even the Spaniard Navantia. This merger, which has since been confirmed by German industrialists, seems to be a reaction to the award of the development contract for the MKS-180 frigates to the Dutch company Damen last January. For the moment, the merger mentioned in Germany would concern three companies. Logically, we would find ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), a German giant in the construction of military ships and submarines based in Hamburg. The current deal...

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Does the call of Hervé Guillou, CEO of Naval Group, for an “Airbus Naval” appeal to European manufacturers?

Since the start of discussions for a rapprochement between the French Naval Group and the Italian Fincantieri, two of the main European naval defense groups, a notion has come up repeatedly, that of creating “a naval Airbus”. And on the occasion of his short speech worth assessment preceding his departure, Hervé Guillou, president of Naval Group since 2014 and who will indeed leave this position in favor of Pierre-Eric Pommellet, once again called on the European naval defense industry to come together and consolidate, in order to be ready to face competition from countries like South Korea, Turkey, Russia and especially the…

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The award of the MKS180 contract to the Dutch Damen will be challenged in court

Obviously that was to be expected. The industrial group German Naval Yards Kiel (GNYK), partner of TKMS in the competition aiming to design and manufacture the heavy frigates of the MKS 180 program for the German Navy, arbitrated in favor of the offer of the Dutch shipyards Damen associated with the German group Blohm+Voss, announced that it would challenge this decision in court. TKMS being in competition with Naval Group and a partnership between Damen and the Swedish Saab for the replacement of the Walrus submarines of the Royal Netherlands Navy, it therefore appears unlikely that it will join this action, which explains why it is his partner, GNYK,…

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Germany chooses the Dutch Damen to build its new frigates

The German authorities have announced that they have selected the Dutch shipyards Damen, in partnership with the German Blohm + Voss and Thales Netherlands to design and build the 4 multi-purpose heavy frigates MKS 180 (6 units in total planned) which must constitute, with the frigates Baden-Württemberg-class F125, the backbone of the German High Seas Navy in 2030. 80% of the work will take place on German soil, in particular at the Blohm + Voss shipyards in Hamburg. But this decision is likely to be quickly threatened by appeals and pressure at the level of the Bundestag. In fact, the group...

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The Netherlands is invited to join the partnership between Germany and Norway for its submarines

Norway's defense minister said the Netherlands would be welcome to join the Type212 NG submarine program, which emerged from the partnership between Germany and Norway. The Navy of the Netherlands is currently conducting a preparatory phase for the launch of a call for tenders aimed at replacing its Walrus-class submarines, dating from the 80s. As a reminder, Norway has ended the tender procedure of offer which opposed the Scorpene of DCNS and the U212 of TKMS, to accept the offer of strategic partnership of Germany in order to jointly design and build an improved version of the Type212 submarine, the German Navy undertaking to order…

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