Good evening to you, to the distinguished speakers of this panel, as well as to the esteemed audience that is watching us online. It is an honor to participate in this web conference organized by the websites NavalDefence.gr, Ptisidiastima.com and the magazine “Flight”.
Indeed, our country is preparing to implement an important armaments program, perhaps the largest in its recent history. A program that will not only modernize, but also strengthen the combat readiness and deterrence capability of the Greek Armed Forces.
Of course, the issue of the country’s national defense strengthening is not just an important factor for its security. It is also a critical power factor that will allow Greece to play a leading role as a pillar of peace, security and stability, both in the Balkans’ region and in the wider Southeastern Mediterranean, promoting at the same time our national interests. Especially in the period we are going through, which is characterized by high variability, with tensions and threats of asymmetric nature.
In this new environment, the Greek government is rightly exercising multilateral armaments diplomacy, maintaining open channels of cooperation with various countries and defense industries. The goal should be threefold:
First, to strengthen the combat readiness of the Armed Forces to be able to meet the demands of the new geopolitical and geoeconomic environment.
Secondly, to leverage on a political level the armaments projects, for strengthening the country’s diplomatic position and consolidating strong alliances.
Third, for the national defense industry to undertake a high standards’ workshare, in collaboration with specialized companies, so that the new armaments expenditure can be turned into an investment that will contribute to the know-how transfer to Greece by upgrading its production capacity and increasing the national added value.
In other words, the country’s national defense strengthening can be at the same time an evolution with a developmental dimension. It may lead to the reorganization of the national defense industry, with positive implications for the economy, research, technology, innovation and many other areas. Of course, the above presuppose the full and without discounts compliance of the new armament systems with the operational requirements of the Greek Armed Forces. At the same time, interoperability in allied operations should be enhanced through the use of modern systems.
Therefore, the participation of domestic companies and state structures must be a prerequisite for any armaments program.
The know-how, the experience, the human resources, as well as the material and technical infrastructures are available in many technologically advanced fields. Every developed country in the world, regardless of size, follows the same policy, for many reasons, one of which is to ensure the uninterrupted supply of the armed forces in critical cases of war or threat and to reduce defense dependence on foreign factors.
We have examples of Greek companies that with strict professionalism, managed to become world leaders in their field. We can mention the example of the Greek THEON SENSORS, a company of EFA GROUP to which SCYTALYS also belongs, which is the No.1 company in the world, in Night Vision Systems for Defense and Security, with international exports to more than 55 countries worldwide.
Like the Greek SCYTALYS. Few may know that years ago, we were asked to develop an innovative technology that would allow different weapon systems to interact with each other and exchange critical operational data in real time.
This system was called Universal Link System (ULS) and not only fulfilled the corresponding immediate operational needs of our country’s armed forces, but also soon achieved significant exports including the US Navy. Today, in addition to Greece and the USA, ULS systems have been procured by the Armed Forces of countries such as the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, and Romania.
The further implementation of systems, important in conducting operations, combined with the exceptional capabilities of the Greek engineers of our company, allowed us to undertake a contract for the development and installation of an even more complex but at the same time highly capable technological platform:
This is the Maritime Mission Integration & Management System (M²IMS), selected by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and the US Navy to be the Navy P-3HN upgrade mission management system. This system will transform the P-3 HN into the most modern Maritime Patrol Aircraft worldwide, providing to the Navy and the Greek Armed Forces unprecedented capabilities in conducting operations.
We recently signed an equally important project, in distant Indonesia, awarded through an open tender process. Specifically, we undertook to design and develop the Interoperability, Command & Control System of the Indonesian Armed Forces undera contract worth $49 million. The program will establish the National Interoperability Framework of the Indonesian Armed Forces, paving the way for the achievement of their Network-Centric Operations, which are a critical factor in modern operational theater.
- With the examples I mentioned, we realize that Greece has significant experience in complex armaments programs and new cutting-edge technologies.
- There are Greek companies that not only enter, but also cope on equal terms in very demanding markets worldwide.
The issue now is for the State to set a national strategy for the development and support of the Greek defense industry in specific key areas concerning our national security. This opportunity should not be missed and an important armaments program such as that of the frigates should leave a strong mark on the Greek Defense Industry.
Thank you very much for your attention and time.
Question: What do you think the Greek Defense Industries, and in particular SCYTALYS, can expect from the program for the acquisition of new Frigates of the Hellenic Navy?
- As I mentioned above, the Greek Companies have remarkable products, internationally recognized, but also the corresponding specialized personnel to cope with complex programs such as the construction of the new Frigates of the Navy. Tactical Communications, Data Links, Management & Control Systems, Night and Thermal Vision Systems, interconnection and integration of subsystems, are some indicative areas in which the domestic industry has proven it can cover with quality results and competitive prices in relation to corresponding companies abroad.
- Specifically for SCYTALYS, I would like to emphasize that it is the first and UNIQUE company in Greece that offers MADE IN GREECE Data Links solutions, which ensure the interoperability between NATO protocols, such as LINK 11, LINK 16 and LINK 22. Given that the new Navy Frigates will require expanded interoperability, SCYTALYS can offer the appropriate solutions as well as future support, based on the operational requirements of the Navy.
- A second sector, which our company could very well offer its specialized knowledge in, is the hellenization / parameterization of segments of the Combat Management System (CMS) software, based on the specific requirements of the Greek operational area.
We declare ourselves present, with our manpower, our technical infrastructure, our experience, our will for upholding the interests and the prosperity of our country.