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Spanish shipyard Navantia's offer for the Hellenic Navy.

| 2021

According to a press release published by Navantia on May 31, 2021, the company has committed to the delivery of 4 new frigates for the Hellenic Navy fleet and the modernization of the Hydra Class within the highly demanding Hellenic Navy schedule. The new frigates include their latest smart frigate design, the F-110, set to become the backbone of the Spanish Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of the future F110-class frigate for the Hellenic Navy (Picture source: Navantia)

The F-110 embeds cutting-edge naval technologies along with its innovative production and operation capabilities. These innovations include full interoperability with European and US systems, latest-generation weapons, and the use of a “digital twin” that allows operational simulation and evaluation.

Navantia will partner with the Greek shipbuilding industry and will boost the ecosystem of technology developers, engineering companies, industrial process contractors, and equipment and materials suppliers in Greece. As a core part of the program, the Spanish shipbuilder presented an ambitious technology and capabilities transfer (ToT) plan to revitalize Greek shipbuilding capability.

The ToT plan not only involves industrial relationships but also building collaborations with universities and centers of excellence for innovation and workforce development. This plan is backed by the firm’s broad experience in developing capabilities for partner countries including Australia, Norway, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Navantia also plans to drive the necessary investment to redevelop Greek shipyard assets, helping to create a sustainable source of employment and economic growth for Greece.

To strengthen its ties with the Greek industry, Navantia is launching an Industry Day web portal on the 9th of June to engage with the Greek shipbuilding and industrial ecosystem, onboarding local companies of all types and sizes. Its goals are presenting the program objectives, offering the opportunity for Greek companies to meet one-to-one with Navantia, and signing agreements for collaboration.

The F110 class also known as the Bonifaz class is a multi-purpose, anti-submarine class of Aegis combat system-fitted heavy frigates under development for the Spanish Navy. The project is being co-developed by the Spanish Ministry of Defence and the state-owned company Navantia. The construction of the frigates is to begin by 2020 and is scheduled to be delivered between 2023 and 2027.

The vessels displace 6100 tons and will have a crew of 150.

The frigates will be equipped with a Spanish combat system, SCOMBA, developed by Navantia. This system acts as the vessel’s brain and integrates all the frigate’s sensors and weapons, such as surface sensors, EW and IFF supplied by Indra, Band S radar and Lockheed Martin vertical launcher, AAW – SM-2 from Raytheon, the antisubmarine warfare systems, and SAES sonars but also the navigation and communications systems from Navantia Sistemas.

The Hydra class is a group of four frigates in service with the Hellenic Navy. They were designed in Germany and are part of the MEKO group of modular warships, in this case, the MEKO 200 design.

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