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Euronaval, military programs on stage in Paris

The autumn days of October represent an opportunity for the French capital to live intensely the biennial event with Euronaval, an international event reserved for professionals.

The autumn days of October represent an opportunity for the French capital to live intensely the biennial event with Euronaval, an international event reserved for professionals, called to deal with research and technological innovation in the military and naval fields. The event allows delegations, who will animate the show (Paris Le Bourget 23-26 October 2018), to take stock of the joint collaboration between the navies of allied states in the construction of modern naval vessels and the opportunity to involve the naval industry of various countries to seek new forms of collaboration for the development of new shared projects.

The Italian Navy, back from the success of the event SeaFuture 2018, held in La Spezia last June, presents itself as a military organisation consisting of 2 aircraft carriers, 4 missile destroyers, 12 frigates, 1 corvette, 8 submarines, 2 amphibious assault ships, 10 offshore patrol ships and 10 minesweepers. In the Italian shipbuilding industry there are currently under construction, according to development programmes and due to the economic resources involved, 1 logistic support vessel, 2 high-speed multi-purpose vessels, 3 Bergamini-class frigates, 2 multi-purpose ocean-going patrol boats, compared with 7 financed and 1 multi-role amphibious ship. The Bergamini-class frigates, from the name of the leader vessel are part of a generation of new frigates, called FREMM (Fregate Européennes Multi-Missions, European Multi-Mission Frigate), made according to joint projects between the national industry, Orizzonti Sistemi Navali, a naval engineering company, formed by Fincantieri and Finmeccanica, renamed Leonardo from 2017, and the French industrial system through Armaris, consisting of DCNS and Thales. The programmes involved the creation of 10 Bergamini-class frigates for Italy, and 8 Aquitaine-class ships for the French navy; in addition to the planned frigates, 1 vessel for Morocco and 1 vessel for Egypt were built by the transalpine shipyards. During the next year the French navy foresees the delivery of 1 FREMM frigate, 1 a patrol boat, 1 multi-mission ship and 2 support ships for assistance offshore.

Moreover, for the new year, due to the resources assigned to the Ministry of Defence in Paris, the acquisition of the sixth and last Barracuda-class submarine, of 6 patrol boats destined to operate in the overseas departments and territories and three supply ships will be envisaged, plus a fourth in option. The programme to replace the supply vessels will be presented during Euronaval 2018, where the intervention of the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron is envisaged.

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