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UK, Italy and France embark on destroyer upgrade programmes

28th June 2023 - 16:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in London


Under an MoU, the two Italian and two French Horizon-class destroyers will be modernised. (Photo: Naviris)

At the Paris Air Show, France and Italy signed an MoU for the mid-life upgrade of their Horizon-class destroyers. The upgrades will focus on anti-air defences, including radar, weapons and combat systems, while the UK's Daring-class destroyers will receive air defence capability enhancements.

At Paris Air Show, representatives of France and Italy signed an MoU for the mid-life upgrade of the two countries' Horizon-class destroyers.

Naviris, a JV of the two countries' leading shipbuilders, Fincantieri and Naval Group, and Eurosam, a consortium of MBDA and Thales, will lead the modernisation of four ships – two for each nation.

On behalf of Paris and Rome, OCCAR is expected to sign a formal contract for the MLU of the ships with Naviris and Eurosam in the coming weeks.

The modernisation will focus on the destroyers' anti-air defences, including radars, weapons and C2. The platforms, combat

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye

Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

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