|Italy Awards Order for Four FREMM Frigates|
(Source: compiled by defense-aerospace.com; posted Feb. 1, 2008)
PARIS --- The Italian Ministry of Defense has signed a contract for the
second batch of the FREMM multi-mission frigate program it is
developing jointly with France. No value has been provided for this
contract, which covers four additional ships.
The contract was awarded to OCCAR, the European Organisation for Joint
Armament Cooperation, which is acting as the program’s joint executive,
Italian Defense Undersecretary Giovanni Lorenzo Forcieri told reporters
during a Jan. 31 media event in La Spezia. This contract brings the
total number of FREMM frigates ordered by Italy to six, the first two
ships having been ordered in 2006.
“This program has substantial economic and employment benefits not only
for the Riva Trigoso and Muggiano naval shipyards, but also for
subcontractors such as Oto Melara, Selex and Elsag, and will provide
work until 2016,” Forcieri is quoted as saying in Italian press
“We feared that the government crisis might block the contract’s
signature…The FREMM program is fundamental for Riva Trigoso, where it
will guarantee work-load for about ten years,” according to Sergio
Ghio, trade union representative for Riva Trigoso which, like the
Muggiano yard, belongs to the Fincantieri group.
The announcement comes as Fincantieri is preparing to cut metal for the
first two frigates. An event marking this milestone was scheduled for
Feb. 8. Each ship will provide about two years of work to the
The four latest ships have been entirely funded in the 2007 budget, two
by a special fund managed by the Ministry for Economic Development and
two by the Ministry of Defence.
Deliveries of the first two ships to the Italian Navy are scheduled for 2011 and 2012.
The prime contractor for the FREMM program is a joint venture company
between France’s Armaris (itself a joint venture between Thales and
DCNS) and Italy’s Orizzonte Sistemi Navali S.p.A., jointly owned by
Fincantieri and Finmeccanica.
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