Fincantieri commissioned for third Italian U212 NFS submarine
The submarine, worth over $550 million, will be built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and be delivered in 2030.
Future programme development could also see an additional $176 million investment in additional activities and the provision of new capabilities required by the Italian Navy.
Late last year, a second amendment to the contract for Italy’s U212 Near Future Submarine (NFS) was signed, exercising an option to build the third submarine.
Construction of the first U212 NFS submarine is currently underway at Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard in La Spezia.
The programme marks significant evolution compared to the Type 212A and marks an effort by Italy to reinstate sovereign production of submarines. Fincantieri is the design authority for the U212 NFS.
Production of the first boat’s pressure hull is ongoing, and work towards the critical design review is in its closing stages.
The future submarine will carry a crew of around 29, measuring 59m long with a maximum diameter of 7m.
More from Naval Warfare
CMS 330 is a combat management system developed by Lockheed Martin Canada that serves as the backbone for several Canadian and Chilean ship classes and has been installed on RNZN Anzac-class frigates.
While outfitting activities on the first two Hisar-class OPVs have been advancing at Istanbul Naval Shipyard, discussions for additional platforms continue.
The commissioning of SAS King Shaka Zulu, a Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel, into the South African Navy masks serious problems for the service as fleet availability falls dangerously low and capability atrophies.
Babcock has won contracts worth more than £120 million to support the development and delivery of the Dreadnought-class submarines for the UK’s Royal Navy.
With funding from the European Defence Fund and partner countries, the European Patrol Corvette programme has an opportunity to become the standard bearer for defence procurement and potentially offer a route forward for naval shipbuilding in Europe.
Portugal contracts Damen for multi-purpose vessel designed for integrated uncrewed air and sea systems
The new ship’s primary roles will be search and rescue, emergency relief and oceanic research but will also be used for naval support operations and maritime safety.