The General Director of the GDDIA (the Hellenic defense procurement agency) Vice Admiral (ret.) Kyriakos Kyriakidis, visited Naval Group's headquarters on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. The meeting took place just weeks after GDDIA submitted an LOI to France in connection with the procurement of two Belharra frigates from Naval Group by the Hellenic Navy.
The visit of the head of the General Directorate For Defense Investments And Armaments (GDDIA) was announced on the procurement agency’s website.
According to the statement:
“The General Director of GDDIA Vice Admiral (ret.) Kyriakos Kyriakidis, visited the International Show «Paris Air Show 2019», which takes place in Paris from 17 to 23 June 2019.”
“Furthermore, the exhibition offered the opportunity for a visit at Group Naval company headquarters in Paris.”
Greek Media reported earlier this month that the GDDIA submitted a LOI to France in connection with the procurement of two Belharra frigates from Naval Group for the Hellenic Navy. You may read our detailed story about this development here. This topic was highly likely discussed this week, between all parties involved.
It has been a known fact since about 2008, that the Hellenic Navy is looking to procure new surface combatant, primarily for Anti Air Warfare (AAW) missions.