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Naval Warfare

PREMIUM: Design phase continuation for new French carrier as FDI programme offers mixed bag

1st April 2021 - 11:07 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

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An image of how the new French carrier might look. (Image: Naval Group)

A flurry of announcements in recent days have detailed the structure of France’s new carrier programme and progress on the FDI frigate build.

Recent progress on France’s key next-generation carrier and FDI frigate programmes revealed additional details on design phases and vessel construction respectively. However, the delivery timeline for the first-in-class FDI vessel, the future FNS Amiral Ronarc’h, appears to have slipped slightly to the right. 

On 30 March, it ...

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