Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri and the Ministry of Defense of Indonesia have signed a contract for the supply of six FREMM-class frigates.
The agreement also includes the modernization and sale of two Maestrale-class frigates, and the related logistical support.
According to the shipbuilder, the agrement will strengthen the collaboration between two countries in a strategic area of the Pacific.
As explained, Fincantieri will be the prime contractor for the entire program. The construction of the frigates will ensure significant employment benefits not only for several Italian shipyards of the group in the next years, but also for other companies in the sector, namely Leonardo, as well as numerous small and medium-sized national companies, and will see the collaboration of the local PT-PAL shipyard (Java island).
The modernization of the two Maestrale-class vessels, which Fincantieri will acquire from the Italian Navy once decommissioned, will also be carried out in Italy.
“This program has an extraordinary strategic importance, both for the economic return for our country and for the Italian defense supply chain, and because it ensures Fincantieri’s strong positioning in the area, paving the way for the finalization of further important negotiations for other programs already in progress also in the civil sector,” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, commented.