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Jul 31 2023

OCCAR, NAVIRIS and EUROSAM sign Mid-Life Upgrade Contract French & Italian HORIZON Air Defence Frigates

Horizon MLU Update Signing Paris

Paris, July 18, 2023 – A ceremony was held at the OCCAR-EA premises, to celebrate the signing of the Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) Contract for the French and Italian HORIZON Air Defence Frigates.

On behalf of the French and Italian procurement agencies DGA and SEGREDIFESA/NAVARM, the OCCAR Director, Mr Joachim Sucker, signed a contract for approximately €1.5 billion with the Co-Contractors Mrs. Eva Bruxmeier, the Managing Director of eurosam and NAVIRIS, Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Damien Raby and Mr. Enrico Bonetti, Chief Operational Officer. This follows the signing of a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the Nations on June 20, 2023.

This new contract covers the full enhancement of the four (4) HORIZON Class vessels, namely the “Andrea Doria”, the “Caio Duilio”, the “Forbin” and the “Chevalier Paul”. The refurbished ships will be delivered by the end of 2027 (1st Italian), mid-2029 (2nd Italian), end of 2029 (1st French) and end of 2030 (2nd French).

The major changes that will be made concern the AAW (Anti-Air Warfare) and EW (Electronic Warfare) domains, whilst optimising the initial In-Service Support (ISS) for common activities and maximising the benefits of cooperative procurement practices.

This signature represents a significant achievement to further strengthen the cooperation between France and Italy in the naval domain. OCCAR is proud of the trust placed by the Nations in its management capabilities to successfully manage an ambitious new armament cooperation project.

The French and Italian Navy General Staffs, their national naval procurement organisations, OCCAR and the defence consortium consisting of NAVIRIS, EUROSAM, FINCANTIERI, NAVAL GROUP, THALES, LEONARDO, MBDA and SIGEN are jointly working on this high-level cooperative naval project.

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