Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria has awarded Israeli defense company Elbit Systems a contract to supply combat suites and perform systems integration for the three new Hellenic Coast Guard patrol vessels.
The three boats are built by Cantiere Navale Vittoria under a contract announced in January this year. Their construction is co-financed by the European Border Guard and Coastguard Agency FRONTEX.
Elbit Systems will perform the work over a two-year period with warranty and logistic support continuing for additional five years.
The systems to be supplied and integrated include electro-optic payloads, radars, navigation systems, warship automatic identification system (W-AIS) as well as remote control weapon stations (RCWS) with full integration into a command and control software. The combat suit is designed to support future ‘plug and play” integration of aerial and surface unmanned systems that will enable expansion of the operational envelop of the patrol vessels far beyond line of sight.
The three boats are to be delivered in 2020. The Hellenic Coast Guard also has an option to order a fourth boat in the series.