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Naval Group begins construction of the third FDI HN frigate for the Hellenic Navy

By Defence Industry Europe

On July 12, the French shipbuilding company Naval Group began construction of the third FDI HN frigate for the Hellenic Navy.

Greece has purchased three FDI HN frigates (Frigates for Defence and Intervention, Hellenic Navy) with an option for a fourth vessel. The keel of the prototype Kimon was laid in October of last year. The ships are expected to be delivered to Greece in 2025 (Kimon) and 2026 (Nearchos and Formion).

 

 

 

 

The FDI HN frigate features a high level of operational capabilities in all maritime domains: anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, air defence, and special operation forces projection. Its air and surface defence is provided by modern sensors, including the Thales Sea Fire, a fully digital multifunctional radar with four active electronically scanned array (AESA) panels.

The FDI HN is equipped with an integrated mast that combines all essential sensors, enabling continuous, uninterrupted 360° surveillance. It is also the first frigate on the market to be natively equipped with two data centers, housing nearly all the vessel’s applications.

Technical specifications of the FDI HN: displacement: 4,500 tons, length: approximately 122 meters, width: 18 meters, maximum speed: 27 knots. The frigate carries a helicopter with a maximum takeoff weight of 10 tons and a VTOL unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The main armament of the FDI HN includes: 32 MBDA Aster air defence missiles, eight MBDA Exocet MM40 Block anti-ship missiles, the RAM missile system for direct defence, two dual MU90 torpedo launchers, a 76mm Super Rapido gun, and the CANTO anti-torpedo system.

 

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