Naval Group announced equipment suppliers for FTI Program

Naval Group has announced the first group of equipment suppliers for the FTI Program for the French Navy (FTI stands for “Frégate de Taille Intermédiaire” in French which means “Medium Size Frigate”).

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The contract for the first 5 frigate awarded to Naval Group by DGA (the French Government Defence Procurement Office) in April 2017 and the first of the frigates will be delivered to the French Navy in 2023.

According to announcement the suppliers are:

Axima – Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System (HVAC)
CNIM – Doors, Sonars and Torpedoes
iXblue – Navigation Systems
Leonardo – Medium-Calibre 76 mm Cannon
MBDA – Missile Launchers Integration
MTU – Diesel Engines
Safran Electronics & Defense – Paseo XLR Extra Long-Range Surveillance Electro-optical System
Thales – Sonars, Electronic Warfare, IFF, Communication Systems

“We expect a lot from our suppliers,” said Frédéric Massa, Naval Group’s director of purchasing. “Their innovative and competitive solutions will contribute to delivering technological superiority on the operational theatre.”

The vessel has a length of 122 m and beam of 17.7 m. With a displacement of 4,200t, the frigate will carry up to 150 personnel, including 110 crew and 15 for helicopter detachment.

 

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Thales to develop new sonar system for French Future SSBNs

The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales a contract to develop a new sonar system for future SSBNs.

According to Thales official press release; the contract includes a period of a 42-month to conduct a set of studies and technological developments for a sonar system to be equipped on France’s future third-generation nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SNLE 3G).

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The work will start in 2020 and will be done in Toulon, southern France.


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