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David Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer, of Babcock International, the aerospace, defence
and security company has led a series of meetings in Greece with key industry figures,
Government officials and supply chain companies as Babcock continues to build
international interest in its Arrowhead 140 general purpose frigate and bid to deliver the
Hellenic Navy’s new frigate modernisation programme.
A comprehensive programme of discussions were undertaken as Babcock reinforced the
strengths of the offer made by the company and the UK Government to provide the Hellenic Navy with a Hydra Class upgrade programme, an interim frigate capability and four Babcock
Arrowhead 140 frigates. The Arrowhead 140 has already been chosen by the UK Royal
Navy for its Type 31 future frigate programme.
The company is committed to supporting Greek industry to build and assemble the new
frigates in Greece, reinvigorating the domestic supply chain, upgrading infrastructure,
modernising domestic facilities, upskilling and growing local workforces and transferring
knowledge and technology.

Concept rendering of the Arrowhead 140 from Babcock intended for the Hellenic Navy – Image: Babcock International

Babcock officials have also been engaging with Greece-based companies interested in
being part of its in-country supply chain and recently held a live online event in Athens,
under the auspices of the Hellenic MoD Armaments Directorate.
This follows on from previous discussions held in Greece between British Government
Officials, Babcock and the Hellenic Navy which included visits to both Greek shipyards.
David Lockwood, Chief Executive Officer, Babcock said:
Our proposals provide the very real potential to deliver to the Hellenic Navy a world-class,
highly-capable modern frigate, a cost-effective Hydra Class frigate modernisation
programme and the opportunity to reinvigorate the Greek shipbuilding industry with
significant and far reaching benefits for the Greek supply chain and defence industries.
“The Arrowhead 140 frigate will deliver a proven and adaptable warship, which is ready for
an in-country build programme. With growing interest in the platform, the Arrowhead 140
provides the opportunity to further strengthen ties between international navies, deliver the highest levels of maritime national security while providing the opportunity for
interoperability with NATO allies.
“Our proposed solution for the Hellenic Navy also brings wider European expertise and
experience from our partners in the programme. Our colleagues in Thales, who will provide
the Combat Management System for the Arrowhead 140s, will also support the MEKO 200
Hydra Class upgrades delivering commonality of systems from the current frigate fleet to the new fleet of Arrowhead 140s.”
The Arrowhead 140 design benefits from its proven hull-form that has been tried and tested
in real-world operational environments from NATO and coalition task forces, to national,
regional and deployed operations. Babcock’s offering provides an efficient and highly
effective optimal design with the scope to adapt to specific operational and lay-out
requirements.
The platform’s heritage and clever design enhancements enable improved warship
capability whilst retaining it proven strengths. International customers also benefit from the
design being chosen for the next generation of UK Royal Navy Type 31 frigates through
known costs for design and build delivery.
The frigate’s smart build credentials mean that it is primed for pre-outfitting with open
compartments allowing for rapid assembly, supporting time and cost reduction efficiencies
for entry into service.
This is a modular build, which Babcock, as part of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, has proven
effective through the construction of the UK Royal Navy’s Aircraft Carriers – assembled at its facility in Rosyth, Scotland, which is also the site for construction of the UK’s Type 31
frigates.
This approach optimises the buildability of the ships from design, assuring the effective
transfer of a UK design to global shipyards for efficient manufacture and assembly and derisking the build programme while delivering wider national and regional prosperity.