Naval Group and Belharra return to the race in Greece

Yesterday we were talking about the weight of public opinion in defense decisions. Today, we learn that the Letter of Intent that the government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis was to send regarding the acquisition of 4 American MMSC frigates, instead of FDI Balh @ rra frigates of Naval Group for which France and Greece were discussing jointly after a Letter of Intent signed a year ago, has not been sent. Indeed, according to the site always very well informed defensereview.gr, the outcry that this government decision raised in the media and in public opinion, led the Greek authorities to back down.

The causes of this popular, media and political mistrust are multiple, and those who follow Meta-Defense already know much of it. In the first place, the MMSC have operational capacities much lower than those of a Belharra, having neither a hull sonar, nor long-range anti-aircraft missiles like the Aster 30, and no more than a radar comparable to the Seafire 500. Concretely, where a FDI can implement a denial of air and naval access bubble With a radius of 100 km, i.e. more than 15.000 km2, an MMSC with its ESSM missiles can only radiate 50 km, or less than 4000 km2. We therefore need nearly 4 MMSC to cover the same perimeter of the Aegean Sea as a single Belharra. On the other hand, the IDF can deploy MdCN cruise missiles, a strategic capability for Athens to keep Ankara at bay.

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Lockheed-Martin MMSCs are enlarged versions of the US Navy's Freedom Class LCS

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