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18 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 22:38 GMT+2

December 30, 2019

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To Fincantieri Marinette Marine the contract for the construction of four military ships for Saudi Arabia

The store clerk re-enters in the program of expansion Fine Surface Combatants

US Navy has assigned to the consortium guided from Lockheed Martin, of which Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM takes part), a plurimiliardario order for the construction of four units Fine Surface Combatants (MMSC) destined to the reign of Saudi Arabia, in the within of the program Foreign Military Sales of the Country. Fincantieri will be the constructor of the ships near its plant of Marinette, in the Wisconsin, recently visited from vice-president of the United States, Mike Pence. The contract has a value of about 1,3 billion dollars for Fincantieri Marinette Marine.

The units Fine Surface Combatants will be distinguished for being highly maneuverable, thanks to the flexibility derivative from the monohull of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), class "Freedom", realized by the same consortium for US Navy (up to now are delivered nine unit and others seven are already in various stages of construction), with an autonomy increased to 5.000 miles nautical and a advanced speed to 30 knots, than them they will be profitable able of patrolling operations is coastal that offshore, in a position to facing all the modern threats to marine and economic safety.

Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), the American controlled one of the navalmeccanico group Italian Fincantieri, in its turn controls FMM and others two sites always in the region of the Great Lakes, Marine Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Fincantieri Ace. From the 2008 society it has invested more than 180 million dollars in order to modernize the three yards in Wisconsin, assuming and forming from then more than 1.000 people, with a total force job in the three sites of some 2.500 people besides inducing more than 350 companies than contractors. Lockheed Martin and FMM, with the study of naval architecture Gibbs & Cox and beyond 800 suppliers in 42 states, are already cooperating in program LCS for US Navy, one of more the ambitiouses programs than ships of surface to the world.

"Some orders, as this, beyond to having a remarkable economic importance - the managing director of Fincantieri has commented, Giuseppe Bono - connote also for important industrial aspects. Such a result, in fact, crown an extraordinary job that has carried to us to consolidate a reputation of absolute excellence also in the American market, well-known much complex, and is a certificate of the strategic, technological and managerial abilities that Fincantieri is able to always express to the highest level and in any context".

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