Orizzonte Sistemi Navali S.p.A. has won €764 million contract from the Italian defense ministry to construct the navy’s ninth and tenth Fremm frigates.
Orizzonte Sistemi Navali S.p.A. was notified by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) of the option exercise for the construction of last two vessels, which completes the supply of 10 vessels to the Italian Navy.
Orizzonte is a joint venture between Fincantieri (51%) and Finmeccanica (49%), and prime contractor for Italy within the international Italian-French FREMM - Multi Mission European Frigates – program.
These units too, to be delivered after 2020, will feature a high degree of flexibility as the previous ones, and will be able to operate in all tactical situations.
144 metres long with a beam of 19.7 metres, the ships will have a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tonnes and will have a maximum speed of over 27 knots, providing accommodation for a crew of 200.
The ships of the FREMM program are state of the art vessels of the European and the Italian defence in the Mediterranean Sea and will replace the “Lupo” and “Maestrale” class frigates built by Fincantieri in the 1970s.