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  1. MICA

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    Egypt is to buy a FREMM multimission frigate from France's shipbuilding, systems, and services group DCNS.

    The contract, understood to be worth EUR1 billion (USD1.19 billion), was signed on 16 February and Normandie has been conducting sea trials at the DCNS facility in Lorient, western France.

    With the FREMM unit price listed in the French budget as EUR650 million, the additional cost is likely to relate to the provision of equipment, training, and support. The ship will receive Aster 15 air-defence missiles, but sources told IHS Jane's that the MBDA Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) naval cruise missile is not included in the deal.

    In a media briefing a few days before the sale was confirmed, French Navy chief of staff Admiral Bernard Rogel said he did not oppose the sale of one ship providing the navy received, as scheduled, four FREMMs before the end of 2016 and a total of six before the end of the current 2014-19 military planning law period.

    France purchased eight ships in November 2005 and a further three in September 2009, with the aim of replacing the F70 anti-submarine warfare (ASW)/anti-air warfare (AAW) units. The FREMM programme originally called for nine ASW ships and two AAW Frégate de Défense Aérienne (FREDA) units. The seventh and eighth ships are scheduled to be FREDAs, and configuration of the remaining three will be revealed in 2016. The navy's first-in-class FREMM, Aquitaine , is already in service, andNormandie was intended to be the second.

    In a statement, DCNS said: "To ensure that the operational capacities of the French Navy will not be affected, DCNS will speed up the rate of production of subsequent ships." A DCNS official revealed that the production schedule will be modified to take into account Normandie 's sale and also the need to meet French Navy requirements. The current build rhythm is one ship every 16 months, but IHS Jane's understands this figure may be adjusted to one ship per year.

    Normandie's sale will mean also that the navy may need to extend the service lives of F70 frigates the FREMM vessels ultimately are scheduled to replace. Two F70s (Georges Leygues and Dupleix ) were withdrawn in 2014. Montcalm , which was due to follow in 2016, may remain in service until 2017.

    The Lorient-based Normandie was due to enter service earlier in 2015. IHS Jane'sunderstands that the handover process was stopped as soon as negotiations with Egypt began to show promise.

    DCNS will train the Egyptian crew on board Normandie in Lorient over the next four months. Once this training and further outfitting work is complete, the ship is scheduled to sail for Egypt in July, where DCI and French Navy instructors will carry out further training. The DCNS statement said that training and logistics support for the vessel will continue in Egypt for "several years".

    Egypt is the second FREMM export customer, following the sale of Mohammed VI to Morocco in January 2014. According to sources, however, Egypt will not be taking forward plans to buy a second FREMM.

    In 2014, Egypt acquired four Gowind corvettes from DCNS for EUR1 billion. DCNS said that the FREMM sale "strengthens the strategic relations" with Egypt that have been developing since the Gowind deal. Hervé Guillou, chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCNS, said in a statement that the sale was part of a "long-term partnership" with Egypt, and that the growing relationship with the country "opens new perspectives for the sale of vessels.



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    1- they only mentioned the aster 15 and they didn't mention the aster 30.

    2- No Scalp naval

    3- egypt has no intention to but second Fremm

    4- the deal worth worth EUR1 billion (USD1.19 billion)
     
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    While the lack of Scalp Naval was to be expected the Aster 30 is surprising...
     
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    i think because the Sea fire 500 radar isn't ready yet , i am not sure though