Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri, and the Ministry of Defence of Indonesia, have signed a contract for the supply of six FREMM-class frigates, the modernisation and sale of two Maestrale-class frigates, and the related logistical support.
Fincantieri will be the prime contractor for the entire programme. The construction of the frigates will ensure significant employment benefits not only for several Italian shipyards of the Group in the next years, but also for other companies in the sector, namely Leonardo, as well as numerous small and medium-sized national companies, and will see the collaboration of Indonesia’s shipmaker, PT-PAL, said Fincantieri in a statement.
The modernisation of the two Maestrale -class vessels, which Fincantieri will acquire from the Italian Navy once decommissioned, will also be carried out in Italy.
CEO of Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono said: “The acquisition of an order of this magnitude allows Fincantieri to also assume global leadership in the surface ships sector, and is the confirmation of the technological leadership of a project once again considered the most innovative on the market which led to 20 ships for several foreign Navies, between orders and options.
This programme has an extraordinary strategic importance, both for the economic return for our country and for the Italian defence supply chain, and because it ensures Fincantieri’s strong positioning in the area, paving the way for the finalisation of further important negotiations for other programmes already in progress also in the civil sector”.
Bono concluded: “Finally, I want to acknowledge our Navy, which has made a decisive contribution to building together with the country’s industry a ship that is appreciated all over the world and which fully satisfies its operational needs”. –fct/kf/aaa (Photo: Fincantieri)