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FDI programme completion date stays fixed at 2030 despite pandemic

19th October 2020 - 17:30 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London

The French Navy envisages the FDI class as a means of helping it to reach its target of 15 frigates by 2030; the timeline remains steady despite COVID-19 and any delays will be made up ahead of completion.

A year on from the ceremonial steel cutting of the future FNS Amiral Ronarc’h, the lead ship of a planned five FDI (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention) frigates destined for the French Navy, manufacturer Naval Group still plans to deliver the frigate in 2023 despite the pressures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new class of light frigates is intended to complement the larger Horizon and FREMM-class frigates serving with the French Navy, and if delivered to design should be capable of performing AAW, ASW and ASuW duties as required. 

The French Navy sees the class as a

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Richard Thomas


Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas is the Senior Editor, Naval at Shephard Media. Richard joined the company in …

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