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July 8, 2021

Leonardo contracts ELAC to supply sonars for Italian Navy’s U212 NFS

ELAC will also deliver special test and training tools and other related technical services for the two submarines.

Cohort’s wholly owned subsidiary, ELAC SONAR, has secured an order from Leonardo to support the Italian Navy’s new U212 Near Future Submarines (NFS).

Valued at $58m (€49m), the order will see ELAC provide sonar systems for two new U212 NFS.

ELAC will also provide special test and training tools, as well as related technical services.

Contractual work is expected to begin imminently and scheduled for completion in 2030. The order comes with options to provide sonars for another two U212 NFS submarines.

The U212NFS acquisition programme builds on the U212A programme conducted in partnership with Germany-based thyssenkrupp Marine Systems.

The programme is managed by Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement (OCCAR).

In February, Fincantieri said that the company, alongside Leonardo, would build two new-generation U212 NFS submarines and provide relevant logistics support for the Italian Navy.

Fincantieri is serving as prime contractor of the U212NFS contract, which is worth €1.35bn ($1.64bn).

This contract also includes options for two more new-generation U212 NFS submarines.

Deliveries of the first two submarines are planned for 2027 and 2029.

ELAC SONAR chief executive Andy Thomis said: “This is a major achievement for ELAC SONAR and its first major contract win since becoming part of Cohort in December 2020.

“Being selected to provide the complete submarine sonar suite for a European Navy of the first rank is a strong and visible endorsement of ELAC’s world leading Sphere technology.

“We look forward to working with Leonardo and Fincantieri to create a capability for the Italian Navy that is unmatched on a submarine of this class.”

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