Fincantieri has inked a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to support the conceptual design for a new ‘CVX’ Class of Aircraft Carriers for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN).
The agreement was inked at the ongoing International Maritime Defence Industry Exhibition 2021 (MADEX 2021) being held in Busan, South Korea.
The signing took place between Jung Woo Sung, Vice President Naval & Special Ship Marketing Division of DSME, and Marco Cerruti, Regional Sales Manager of Fincantieri, in the presence of Federico Failla, Italian Ambassador in Seoul, Vice Admiral Dario Giacomin, Deputy Defense General Secretary – Deputy National Armament Director, and Rear Admiral Antonio Natale, Advisor of the Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy.
Fincantieri will provide its extensive industry knowledge and support for the Conceptual Design of the new “CVX” Class aircraft carriers for the ROKN and the tender for the Basic Design of the first-in-class unit is expected in the second half of 2021, whereas the detail design and construction will start in the years to follow.
Fincantieri will advise DSME based on the expertise gained with the construction of the LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) “Trieste”, which will be delivered next year to the Italian Navy. The “Trieste” unit’s design represents the state-of-the-art for this class of ships, in addition to being a well-proven product fully meeting the operational requirements of the Korean Navy. With the LHD, Fincantieri has proven its ability to design and build highly innovative units which represent a benchmark in the international scenario.
The Italian shipbuilder stated in the release that this contract marked an important step for the Group in establishing a strategic cooperation with DSME and might be extended to other products or sectors in the future.
Fincantieri has further strengthened its presence in South Korea with this latest agreement and in fact, through its subsidiary Seastema, the Group is cooperating in the construction of eight new Daegu class frigates (FFX-II) for the ROKN, providing SEASNavy, an innovative integrated platform management system (IPMS).
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