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Italy eyes naval drone carrier opportunities under Project Sciamano

8th December 2022 - 16:30 GMT | by Giovanni Rasio, Matty Todhunter in London


An artist’s impression of Portugal's Plataforma Naval Multifuncional ship. The Italian Sciamano project looks to be taking a similar approach. (Image: Portuguese MoD)

Italy has revealed details of a new programme to develop a naval vessel designed to act as a mothership for uncrewed systems.

The programme, dubbed Sciamano, aims to deliver a concept design for the Sciamano Drone Carrier (SDC). The SDC will feature a control, command and communication (C3) network intended to operate drone swarms along with dedicated launch and recovery systems (LARS).

According to a document published by the Italian MoD in October, work on Sciamano will start with a study phase, focused on setting out requirements and identifying appropriate technologies. 

The effort will then move on to conceptual design of subsystems, a critical stage that will help steer technical and operational requirements for the SDC.

Phase 2 will involve creation of a virtual model of

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Giovanni Rasio


Giovanni Rasio

Giovanni Rasio is a Senior Naval Analyst at Shephard’s Defence Insight business intelligence service. Before …

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Matty Todhunter


Matty Todhunter

Matty Todhunter is the UAS Analyst for Shephard Media's Defence Insight. Before joining Shephard, Matty graduated with …

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