Italian Shipbuilder Fincantieri has confirmed that its US subsidiary, Marinette Marine, has been awarded a $526 million contract by the US Department of Defense to build a fourth Constellation-class frigate for the US Navy. This contract is part of a larger deal signed in 2020, worth $5.5 billion, which includes the lead frigate, nine optional ships, post-delivery availability support and crew training.
Fincantieri stated that they won the contract based on the globally recognised technologically advanced FREMM frigate platform. Construction on the first frigate began in August 2022 and is expected to be delivered in 2026.
Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO of Fincantieri, stated: “Our commitment is to support the largest Navy in the world with a ship that represents the highest possible degree of innovation. We look specifically at the digital profile of the vessels, in terms of cybersecurity and data analytics, two fundamental fronts for the industrial competition of the future”.
More information at http://www.fincantieri.it
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