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”).
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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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).
This new research and development programme builds on the results of studies launched under France’s two previous defence spending plans. It will include final validation of the fourth-generation flank arrays and the development of a new sonar interceptor, with latest-generation adaptive antenna processing and threat classification algorithms as well as an innovative bow-mounted antenna concept.
According to France 24; The United Arab Emirates has closed a deal to buy two French-made Gowind navy corvettes, built for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday (November 9) in Dubai.
The deal includes an option for two more vessels (for a possible total of four corvettes). The corvettes will be built by Naval Group in cooperation with local shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB).
The Gowind design was in competition against Navantia’s Avante 500, Damen 6110, CMN BR71 MkII, Fincantieri Abu Dhabi class and likely the Turkish MILGEM corvette design.
- Total length: 102 metres
- Width: 16 metres
- Displacement: 2,600 tonnes
- Max. speed: 25 knots
- Crew: 65 persons (helicopter detachment included)
- Range: 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots