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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3 European company bidding for Poland’s Orka submarine program

Poland is looking to acquire three new submarines to replace its remaining three, old Koben-class submarines.

Defense Ministry of Poland said they received offers from Germany, Sweden and France :

  • France – Naval Group : Scorpene-class subs armed with MBDA’s naval cruise missiles
  • Germany – ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems : 212CD-class
  • Sweden – Kockum (SAAB) : A26-class

The Polish Defence Ministry spokeswoman, Col. Anna Pęzioł-Wójtowicz, said that “a final decision concerning the production of submarines will be made by Poland in the near future, after receiving replies from France, as well as from our other potential partners.”

The discussions form part of Poland’s Orka (Orca) programme, which costs EUR 2.4 billion, plan to acquire modern submarines for the Polish navy. Poland intends to purchase three to four submarines, which will be equipped with cruise missiles.

Once the contractor has been chosen, submarine deliveries are expected to start between 2024 and 2026.

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UAE ordered 2 Gowind Class Corvette from Naval Group of France

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.

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  • 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

Gowind 2500 Corvette Sea Trial

Delivered just 36 months after the order was placed, the corvette ENS ELFATEH will take to the seas on 23 September to sail to its home port in Egypt. This vessel is the first of the four units ordered by the Egyptian Navy.

This vessel, ten units ordered so far, 4 for Egypt and 6 for Malaysia, complements the group’s extensive range of surface ships and submarines.

Egypt Navy’s new corvette and submarine arrived in Alexandria

The Egyptian Ministry of Defence announced that the Egyptian Navy’s first DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette (the Elfateh) and second (S 42) Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) Type 209/1400 diesel-electric submarine (SSK) arrived at a naval facility at Alexandria on October 18.

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According to a statement by the Egyptian navy, the submarines have a range of 11.000 nautical miles, a top speed of 21 knots and displacement of 1.400 tonnes.

Egypt said the Type 209/1400s will be able to launch missiles and torpedoes – it is believed they will be fitted with Harpoon anti-ship missiles.

The new Type 209s will most likely replace the Egyptian Navy’s four elderly Romeo class vessels delivered in 1983/84.

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The Gowind 2500 displaces at 2,600-tons and is armed with a 76-mm main gun, two 20-mm cannons, two quad-cell MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles (AShM), two-triple anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes, and a 16-cell SYLVER A35 vertical-launch system (VLS). The SYLVER VLS can house surface-to-air missiles (SAM) such as the MBDA MICA-VL (20 km) and MBDA Sea Ceptor (25+ km).

During the trip to Egypt, the corvette participated in a drill with the French navy in the Atlantic ocean. The deal is part of the armed forces support for “combat and technical capabilities” of naval forces, according to the Egyptian army official spokesperson.

Egypt has four Gowind 2500 corvettes on order under a €1 billion order from France in 2015 and four TKMS Type 209/1400 SSKs from Germany in 2012.