WASHINGTON: While the Greek authorities has moved ahead with a French firm for the core of its new frigate program, Lockheed Martin is constant to eye enterprise with the Mediterranean nation for fight techniques upgrades and probably a corvette.
The Greeks had been in discussions with the US in addition to a handful of European nations in pursuit of a future frigate, dubbed the Hellenic Frigate. Analysts informed Breaking Defense final summer season Lockheed, which was providing an tailored model of its Multi-Mission Surface Combatant, was dealing with stiff competitors.
In September the Greek authorities introduced it might pursue a take care of the Naval Group out of France. Then in December the State Department approved $9.4 billion in international navy gross sales to the Greek authorities. Roughly $6.9 billion would have come from Lockheed’s ship providing, however $2.5 billion stay in weapons upgrades and ship modernization, in line with the State Department. Those gross sales stay up for grabs.
“The Hellenic naval modernization has a lot of parts to it,” Joe DePietro, an government at Lockheed Martin, informed Breaking Defense in the course of the Surface Navy Association symposium final week. “It had a frigate requirement. It had an upgrade to their Hydra class, which is a MEKO-based ship, a midlife upgrade, if you will, to those ships.”
That modernization may embody improved digital warfare capabilities, better integration of the MH-60R helicopters and the COMBATSS-21 Combat Management System. Formal negotiations between governments for a few of these upgrades are anticipated to start within the coming weeks, he added.
DePietro additionally stated the Greeks have expressed curiosity in a corvette program, a ship he stated would possibly seem like “Littoral Comat Ship plus or even lite MMSC,” referring to Lockheed’s Multi-Mission Surface Combatant. A corvette is a smaller warship usually outlined as being between 500 tons and a pair of,000 tons.
“The [formal capabilities request] doesn’t specifically ask for that but based on the meetings that we’ve had, they’re talking about corvettes. They’ve asked Lockheed Martin about them while we’re in country and they’re talking to several other countries and vendors about potential corvettes for the future,” he stated.