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Naval Warfare

Italian Navy lines up new submarines

4th March 2021 - 11:37 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Italy looks to Tauro-class submarine replacement with order of up to four next-generation platforms.

Fincantieri and OCCAR signed a contract on 26 February for the construction of two next-generation submarines for the Italian Navy, with two additional boats potentially acquired on option.

The acquisition is part of the Italian Navy’s Near Future Submarine programme and is an evolution of the U212A programme carried out in cooperation with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, that delivered four conventionally-powered submarines to Italy between 2006-2017.

The total contract value for the first two vessels, including relevant logistics support, amounts to €1.35 billion ($1.63 billion). Delivery of the first two boats is scheduled for 2027 and 2029.

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