The organisation for joint armament cooperation (OCCAR) has ordered one more multipurpose offshore patrol ship (PPA) from the Raggruppamento Temporaneo di Impresa (RTI) consortium for the Italian Navy.
The latest development represents the exercising of a contract option for the vessel, increasing the number of total vessels for the Italian Navy to seven.
Initially, the consortium, consisting of Fincantieri and Finmeccanica, received a joint €3.5bn ($4bn) contract for six vessels. The existing contract has four options.
With the latest development, the contract value reached a total amount of around €5.4bn, of which Fincantieri's share amounts to approximately €3.6bn, and Finmeccanica's to approximately €1.8bn.
According to Fincantieri, the delivery of the first patrol vessel is expected in 2021, while the following patrol vessels are planned for 2022, 2023, 2024 (two units), 2025, and 2026.
The Italian Navy's multipurpose offshore patrol ship will have the capacity to serve multiple functions, ranging from patrol with sea rescue, to civil protection operations.
In addition, the 132.5m-long vessel will be able to cruise at more than 33k, according to vessel configuration and operational conditions.
The vessel will have the capability to accommodate 171 crew personnel, and to supply drinking water to land.
It will also be capable of operating high-speed vessels such as rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) up to 11m-long through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern.
Awarded by the Organization Conjointe de Cooperation sur l'Armement (OCCAR), the international organisation for cooperation on arms, the contract will be carried out in different phases.
Fincantieri will be responsible for providing support for the vessels over the first ten years, while Finmeccanica, through its subsidiary Selex ES, will serve as the prime contractor for all of the new naval units' combat systems.
Image: The 132.5m-long multipurpose offshore patrol ship will have the capacity to serve multiple functions. Photo: courtesy of Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).