Naval Group and Chantiers de l’Atlantique have signed agreements for the creation of a joint company.

The proposal of the joint company creation is to ensure the project management of the new generation aircraft carrier (PA NG) programme.

The signing ceremony was attended by French Defence Minister Florence Parly in Lorient, west of France. The minister also notified the Avant-Projet Sommaire (brief preliminary design) contract.

Post the announcement on the launch of the design of the French nuclear aircraft carrier in December last year, Naval Group and Chantiers de l’Atlantique proposed to the French state an industrial organisation in co-contracting with France’s TechnicAtome.

The project management will be guaranteed by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) and the French Atomic and Alternative Energies Commission (CEA).

Naval Group chairman and CEO Pierre Eric Pommellet said: “The nuclear aircraft carrier is one of the most complex systems there is.

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“This joint venture will make it possible to unite the industrial forces of two European leaders in the naval and maritime sectors and to create the conditions for virtuous cooperation in co-contracting with TechnicAtome around a common ambition: to succeed together in the design and development and the realisation of this unique vessel.”

According to Naval Group, the future nuclear aircraft carrier is a ‘unique ship’ due to its mission of implementing an on-board fighter aviation, as well as its combat and command capabilities.

Naval Group serves as the overall architect of the nuclear aircraft carrier and transverse systems, while Chantiers de l’Atlantique will look after the construction and integration site of the ship.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique will also provide the architecture of the powered platform.

Chantiers de l’Atlantique general manager Laurent Castaing said: “We are delighted with the creation of this company which will allow, alongside Naval Group and in co-contracting with TechnicAtome, to bring the experience of Chantiers de the Atlantique in the management of large complex projects, by making the most of the experience acquired in the design of large civilian and military vessels and the performance of our exceptional industrial tool.”