Naviris, a 50/50 owned joint venture by Fincantieri and Naval Group has revealed it will undertake Mid-Life Upgrade of Horizon-class of air-defense destroyers.
The company revealed its plans on Thursday when it signed its first contract regarding Research and Technology (R&T) with OCCAR, the European Joint Armaments Cooperation organization.
“I am very proud of the kick off of Naviris activities. Thanks to France, Italy and OCCAR, our joint-venture is able to launch a very ambitious R&T program for the coming three and a half years. This R&T program is the first of many more to come. In addition to research projects, Naviris’ activities will soon encompass additional initiatives such as the Mid-Life Upgrade of the Horizon frigates,” said Pierre-Eric Pommellet, CEO of Naval Group.
The funds will be used for development work on computer-aided engineering, vessel lifecycle simulation, energy efficiency, fuel cells for surface vessels, logistics and new technologies for helping sail in rough weather.
Naviris, as prime contractor, will coordinate technical activities managed by Fincantieri and Naval Group and will own the intellectual property of all the research findings.
The R&T program is divided into five different projects: