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Thales and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems entered into a joint venture - Mid-life upgrade of the 4 Greek MEKO-200s starts in a few months

The process to finally start the modernization of the Greek Frigates' average life span, which has far exceeded the time limits, is being activated.    

Four MEKO-200 frigates have been in service with the Greek Navy since the mid-1990s.
In order to extend the life of the fleet, the Navy intends to commission a comprehensive modernisation (mid-life upgrade).

The original equipment manufacturers of the four MEKO-200 frigates, thyssenkrupp Marine Systems and Thales, have been approached for the modernisation programme.

Thales and Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems have now joined forces to form a consortium for the planned modernisation programme.

The joint venture agreement was signed by both partners on 12 December 2023.

As part of the consortium, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will be responsible for the modernization of the ship's platform.

As a systems company, Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will provide not only the design documents but also the communication systems.

For this purpose, Hagenuk Marinekommunikation, a subsidiary of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, is to be subcontracted.

Thales, in turn, will provide the combat system, based on the TACTICOS combat management system, for the MEKO-200 frigates and will act as the representative in the cooperation consortium based in Hengelo, the Netherlands.


Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems CEO: "With the joint contract for the modernization of the frigates, we are once again a strong partner for the Greek Navy.
We are underlining our role and strength as a naval power in the areas of surface and submarine electronics.

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems will subcontract the modifications of the ship's platform to a local Greek shipyard; the consortium will be the exclusive contact for the Greek Navy.
It is expected that the order will start to be implemented in 2024."

About Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems is one of the world's largest companies with nearly 7,500 employees and is active as a supplier of systems for submarines and surface ships as well as electronics and maritime security technologies.

Around 3,100 people work at a site in Kiel, making it the largest shipyard in Germany.
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems offers its customers worldwide tailor-made solutions to meet the highly complex challenges of a changing world.

The driving forces behind this innovative energy are the company's employees, who are shaping the future of Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems with passion and dedication every day.

About Thales

Thales has 77,000 employees in 68 countries. In 2022, the company generated sales of 17.6 billion euros. With more than 50 years of experience as a provider of naval equipment, systems and services, Thales supports naval forces with expertise.

Thales air defence, surface defence, anti-submarine warfare and maritime safety and security systems are now in service with more than 50 navies.

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