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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Indonesia formalizes an order for 6 FREMM frigates from Fincantieri

After the United States and Egypt, the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri achieves a new feat by signing an "Initial Contract" for the acquisition of 6 new FREMM frigates, as well as the transfer of two second-hand frigates from the Maestrale class which are soon to be retired from Italian Navy service. This is a dramatic new announcement from Jakarta within days as an equivalent contract was signed with Dassault Aviation for the acquisition of 36 Rafale fighter jets, simultaneously marking a remarkable effort by Jakarta to strengthen its naval air defense capabilities, as well as a renewed interest in equipment from…

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The Italian Navy will receive its new super-destroyers from 2028

For some years now, Italy has made no secret of its Mediterranean ambitions, as well as those in the field of shipbuilding. And the Italian naval unit construction plan presented in July 2019 was impressive, as it targeted a fleet consisting of an aircraft carrier, 3 to 5 assault helicopter carriers, 4 heavy destroyers including 2 new DDX units, 10 FREMM frigates (or 8 if the sale of 2 FREMM to Egypt is maintained) and 7 PPAs, 8 new generation corvettes, 8 AIP attack submarines and 12 warships of mines including 8 new buildings. This announcement was...

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US Navy wants to sell FFG / X frigates to all allies

The US Navy seems to have realized the real potential of the FREMM design used to design its next Constellation-class frigates, since such has been named the class of ships resulting from the FFG/X program. Indeed, Secretary of the Navy, Kenneth Braithwaite, declared that he planned to transform the program by taking inspiration from the "Joint Strike Fighter" program which gave birth to the F35, to make it the "Joint Strike Frigate", and sell these ships to all United States allied navies. This statement came as President Trump's Special Defense Advisor said the US Navy was going to need…

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Egypt confirms the acquisition of 2 FREMM frigates from Italy

While the majority of countries in the Middle Eastern theater have increased their Defense investments in recent years with a view to modernizing their armed forces, Egypt, for its part, is engaged in a profound evolution of its military means with a view to becoming a major regional power. It must be said that between the increase in the Iranian presence and support in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and the increase in the Turkish presence in Syria, Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean, Cairo appears to be at the heart of the expansionist tendencies affecting the Middle East today. For this, the Egyptian authorities have signed several contracts in recent months...

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German shipbuilding industry consolidates around Lürssen and GNY Kiel, while TKMS approaches Fincantieri

Since the beginning of the year, the consolidation of the German naval defense industry has been one of Berlin's priorities, as we mentioned in a previous article. While many hypotheses were raised, it would finally seem that the consolidation of the German naval industry is taking place around the Lürssen group, based in Bremen, and the German Naval Yards shipyard in Kiel, a subsidiary of the international holding company Privinvest. This event then seems to isolate TKMS, a naval subsidiary of the giant ThyssenKrupp, which had sold its surface ship construction activities (and therefore GNYK) to Privinvest in 2011 in order to focus on submarines, retaining only…

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The future American frigates will be Italian FREMMs, and will profoundly disrupt the capabilities of the US Navy

We were talking about it at the end of last week: the design of the Italian FREMM was in an excellent position to win the US Navy's FFG/X tender, initially scheduled to be completed at the end of the year. It is now done! The US Navy has announced that it has selected the proposal from Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), whose shipyard is based in Wisconsin, to manufacture the first ten FFG/Xs. The choice of Fincantieri As we mentioned in our last article, the selection of Fincantieri Marinette Marine was justified by many factors. From a political point of view, it seemed vital to maintain a shipbuilding activity...

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FINCANTIERI's FREMM in excellent position in the FFG / X competition for the US Navy

As we wrote two days ago, the decision on the first tranche of the US Navy's next-generation missile frigate program FFG/X is due to be presented publicly in the coming days, possibly even today. today. But the economic site Forbes seems to have had the first of the information, since it announces that the Italian Fincantieri with the Marinette shipyards and the Austral shipyards would be the most likely to be named winners of the competition to build the 10 first frigates of the program. The decision grid adopted by the US Navy was particularly wide, ranging from the performance of the ship to the impact on employment, from…

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US Navy to split FFG / X frigate program

Is it linked to the effects of the Covid19 crisis on the Defense industry? However, the US Navy has announced that it will split the FFG/X program into two sub-programs of 10 ships. The winner of the current competition between 4 industrial groups will be awarded the construction of 10 ships, while a new competition will be immediately launched for the construction of 10 frigates of a different class. This approach will make it possible to quickly distribute the workload between American shipyards and their subcontractors, many of whom are hard hit by the consequences of the health and economic crisis linked to Covid19. It will also allow…

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