EPC Industry’s offer selected for EDF second Call of Modular and Multirole Patrol Corvette by the European Commission

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07 June 2024 International Unifying focuses Press release

The industrial proposal for a European Multi-Mission Patrol Corvette (EPC/MMPC), submitted on November 22nd 2023 by a Consortium of three European shipyards, Navantia (ES), Fincantieri (IT) and Naval Group (FR), together with Naviris (FR/IT) and Hydrus (GR), has been selected by the European Commission on May 16th 2024, and the Grant Agreement will now be discussed with OCCAR-EA, delegated by the European

Building on the foundations of European Patrol Corvette (EPC) PESCO programme, for which Modular and Multirole Patrol Corvette (MMPC) Call 1, EDF programme contracts have been signed on October 24th 2023, the commitment by Industry is intensified in MMPC Call 2 and supported by the selection of the proposal by the European Commission (EC) for the maximum EDF budget of 154,5 M€.

This next phase aims at completing the initial and detailed design and at developing and integrating innovative technological bricks, which will enable the vessels to host several systems and payloads and perform a large number of tasks and missions. This will allow the production of the two first prototypes: one Long Range Mission version (LRM) and one Full Combat Mission version (FCM) that will make up a base for the future national fleets of advanced corvettes with the final goal of expanding the level of commonality, interoperability and standardisation between the different Member States’ Navies. As identified by the EC, this next step is to be managed by OCCAR-EA, on behalf of the EC.

As a result, MMPC Call 2 intends to contribute to five key elements for European autonomy: Economy, Defence, Technology, Industry and Security, consolidating the competences and joint development of advanced technologies among the European Industry, mitigating the Union's dependence on external entities in the production of components, securing and establishing a new transnational EU supply chain, reducing the unit cost and presenting the European ship as a convincing choice over non-European shipyards. The project will accelerate the availability of modern corvettes - through the preparation of national acquisition programmes and providing extensive interoperability possibilities with common supplies and procedures for operations and maintenance, thanks to mission modularity.

For this new step, the co-financing commitment of Italy, Spain, France and Greece reflects a shared investment in the common security and defence objectives outlined by PESCO and the European Union.

About Naviris

Naviris is a 50/50 owned joint venture by Fincantieri and Naval Group, officially launched in January 2020. With this alliance bringing new opportunities to the surface ship market, Fincantieri and Naval Group have cemented their joint desire to build a future of excellence for the shipbuilding industry and navies. The two European leaders with complementary offers, supported by a large ecosystem, came together to better serve the world’s navies and mutually increase their competitive edge. They are materialising their shared worldwide ambition: the alliance is based on a mutual understanding of the challenges and realities of naval defence in the world of today. Naviris is dedicated to opening the doors to the international markets of tomorrow.

Naviris at the heart of European Defense

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About Fincantieri

Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, the only one active in all high-tech marine industry sectors. It is leader in the construction and transformation of cruise, naval and oil & gas and wind offshore vessels, as well as in the production of systems and component equipment, after-sales services and marine interiors solutions. Thanks to the expertise developed in the management of complex projects, the Group boasts first-class references in infrastructures, and is a reference player in digital technologies and cybersecurity, electronics and advanced systems. With over 230 years of history and more than 7,000 ships built, Fincantieri maintains its know-how, expertise and management centres in Italy, here employing 10,000 workers and creating around 90,000 jobs, which double worldwide thanks to a production network of 18 shipyards operating in four continents and with almost 21,000 employees. www.fincantieri.com

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With a history of more than 300 years building ships for the Spanish Navy, Navantia is a state-owned strategic Defence and technology company. Its areas of specialization range from shipbuilding (surface and submarine), to the design and integration of state-of-the art systems, life cycle support and smart services. Additionally, through its brand Navantia Seanergies, it is a global supplier for the development of offshore wind energy and other green energies such as hydrogen. Navantia employs nearly 4,000 people 3 directly in Spain, mainly at its offices in Ferrol and Fene (A Coruña), Puerto, Real, San Fernando, Cádiz and Rota (Cádiz), Cartagena (Murcia Region) and Madrid and has subsidiaries in Australia, Saudi Arabia and United Kingdom. Committed to building a safe and sustainable future through technological excellence and industrial collaboration, Navantia has contracts with Governments and companies around the world, as well as ties with universities and technological and academic centres. It contributes to sustainability and innovation through its daily commitment to people and the planet through its ESG practices. It is owned 100% by the Sociedad Española de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI), attached to the Spanish Ministry of Finance.

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About Hydrus

Hydrus Engineering S.A., founded in late 2009, has pursued a growth trajectory that has established it as a leader in its field. Headquartered in the northern suburbs of Athens, the organization delivers comprehensive and integrated solutions across the maritime, energy and defence sectors. It maintains rigorous quality management systems and employs a highly skilled workforce, enabling it to continuously innovation and adaptability, offering services and solutions tailored to address the challenges of energy efficiency, decarbonization, comprehensive asset management and digitalization. The organization has extended its international presence with a strategic coordination desk in Shanghai, which oversees its operations in the Far East, and an office in Limassol to manage activities in the Middle East. The continuous growth and expansion over the years has been supported by a dynamic and growing ecosystem of affiliated entities, enhancing, and diversifying the service portfolio of Hydrus Engineering S.A.


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