Close Cooperation With Greek Industry in Prospect
On 21 May, Navantia presented its multi-billion Euro bid to equip the Greek Navy with new surface vessels. The company will launch an Industry Day portal on 9 June to engage local industry partners and build on its proposed revitalization of the Greek shipbuilding industry.
The Spanish company’s proposal combines a strong technical product suite – based on the F-110 frigate design, set to become the backbone of the Spanish Navy – with a commitment to maximizing construction and launching activities on Greek soil, with Greek industry collaboration, while simultaneously minimizing potential risk.
Navantia has committed to the delivery of four new frigates for the Hellenic Navy, and the modernization of the HYDRA-class, both within a very demanding schedule. The F-110 design embeds cutting-edge naval technologies alongside its innovative production and operational capabilities. These innovations include full interoperability with European and US systems, latest-generation weapons and the use of a ‘digital twin’ that allows operational simulation and evaluation.
Navantia will partner with the Greek shipbuilding industry and will boost the ecosystem of technology developers, engineering companies, industrial process contractors and equipment and materials suppliers in Greece. As a core part of the programme, the Spanish shipbuilder presented an ambitious technology and capabilities transfer plan to revitalise Greek shipbuilding capabilities. The plan not only involves industrial relationships, but also builds collaboration with universities and centres of excellence for innovation and workforce development. It is backed by the firm’s broad experience in developing capabilities for partner countries, including Australia, Norway and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Navantia also plans to drive the necessary investment to redevelop Greek shipyard assets, helping to create a sustainable source of employment and economic growth for Greece.
To strengthen its ties with Greek industry, Navantia’s Industry Day web portal will engage with the Greek shipbuilding and industrial ecosystem, bringing on board local companies of all types and sizes. Its goals are presenting the programme objectives, offering the opportunity for Greek companies to meet one-to-one with Navantia, and signing agreements for collaboration.
“Navantia has a broad experience in transfer of technology and capabilities building with partner countries, as we already proved in Australia, Norway and, more recently, Saudi Arabia. Our track record in this field, and our willingness to partner with Greek industry, add significant value to our proposal,” declared Javier Herrador, Vice President of Commercial and Business Development.