DEFEA 2023: Naval Group showcases its Gowind class corvette for Greece's Navy

Naval Group, a leading French maritime defense company, is participating in the second edition of DEFEA (Athens Defence Exhibition) in Greece, taking place from May 9th to May 11th, 2023. The event is organized by the Hellenic Ministry of National Defence.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Model of the Gowind class corvette at DEFEA 2023, Athens. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The group will showcase its surface ship offers and technologies, such as the FDI frigates and Gowind® corvettes, highlighting French-Hellenic industrial cooperation through several events and subcontract signings within the FDI HN program.

The company has been established in Greece since 2008 and is known for its expertise in technology transfers and in-country construction. Naval Group's Hellenic Industrial Participation (HIP) plan has already signed over 50 contracts involving 60 Hellenic partners since the program's start in March 2022. The plan aims to provide economic returns and transfer know-how to the Greek defense industry.

Naval Group's offer for the corvettes program includes a robust industrial cooperation plan that aims to ensure economic benefits in Greece of at least 30% of the program value and create hundreds of jobs while furthering the involvement of Hellenic partners in the Group’s international operations. The FDI HN program meets all the requirements of the Hellenic Navy and the first two frigates are scheduled for delivery in 2025, with the third in 2026.

The Gowind® corvette is proposed as a solution to meet the Hellenic Navy's requirements for the renewal of their naval capabilities. Naval Group has a long history of conducting transfers of technology and know-how in major complex industrial programs worldwide.

The Gowind® corvette is already sea-proven with the Egyptian navy, with the first of its class built in France in 38 months, and the rest of the series successfully built in Egypt by a local shipyard.