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Italy orders LHD for navy

3rd July 2015 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Fincantieri-Finmeccanica consortium RTI has been awarded a contract to construct and equip a multi-purpose amphibious Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) for the Italian Navy, Fincantieri announced on 1 July.

Valued at over $1.12 billion, the contract will see Fincantieri (agent) receive around $944.4 million and Finmeccanica (principal) receive around $302.25 million. 

The contract is part of a multi-year programme to renew the Italian Navy fleet, which forsees the construction of six patrol vessels, with four more in option, and one logistic support unit in addition to the LHD.

Fincantieri will build the vessels and provide lifecycle support for the first ten years. Its support services will include training, spare parts and technical documentation.

Finmeccanica through Selex ES will be the prime contractor for the combat system of the new LHD. The system will add self-defence capabilities, support landing craft and provide control and coordination capabilities for operations.

Selex will provide all sensor systems, including a four-fixed-face, scanned-array, X-band radar system and integrated communications. It will deliver and integrate the systems and provide in-service and integrated logistics support for ten years.

Mauro Moretti, CEO and general manager, Finmeccanica, said: 'The contract award represents a new and significant contribution by Finmeccanica and Fincantieri to the Italian Navy's important fleet renewal programme.

'All of the systems designed and developed for the new dual-use LHD naval unit are based on the most advanced technology, boosting the efficiency of solutions proposed by Finmeccanica and strengthening its position in the naval sector. The group will continue to invest in this sector, with the goal of increasing the value of its products and solutions able to achieve significant success, also in international markets.'

According to the current schedule, the LHD will be delivered in 2022.

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