Denmark and Norway join European corvette program
ROME – Denmark and Norway are the last European countries to have signed a multinational European plan to build a joint corvette.
The two countries joined Italy, France, Spain and Greece on board the European Patrol Corvette program, reinforcing ambitions to make the ship a catalyst for operational and industrial integration on the continent.
The two countries were listed as âco-foundingâ partners in a statement released on Monday by the Italian Fincantieri, the French Naval Group, their joint venture Naviris and the Spanish Navantia, which confirmed that the four groups have requested 60 million euros (US $ 68 million euros) in EU research funding.
“Another 30 million euros are needed on top of the 60 million euros for research,” an industry source told Defense News.
“These additional 30 million euros will be covered by Italy, France and Spain, but Norway and Denmark will now also contribute, as will the existing partner, Greece,” he added. âIt’s a modest contribution but it allows industries in these countries to get involved at this stage.
Officially known as the Modular Multirole Patrol Corvette, or MMPC, the program is already expected to see France buy six of the 250-300 million euros of ships, with Spain down to six, eight for Italy and the first deliveries in 2027.
The corvette was included in the EU’s so-called Permanent Structured Cooperation List, or PESCO, a list of recommended pan-European defense programs designed to create synergies between the bloc’s defense enterprises.
On December 9, Naviris, Fincantieri, Naval Group and Navantia submitted to the European Defense Fund a list of research proposals which they hope will be rewarded with the 60 million euros in research cash.
Areas that companies suggest using the money for include propulsion, unmanned technology, scalability, and data management. EU funding is expected in early 2023.
“As major European industrial players in the naval defense sector, they believe that the time has come to engage in real, concrete and value-added collaboration around a common program which will be the first common naval capability in Europe” , indicates the press release. , adding that 40 companies were already involved.
“Promoting the program to other European navies, with joint action by nations already part of the PESCO program, will strengthen European industry, increase cooperation, efficiency and reduce duplication of defense spending”, adds the press release.
Measuring around 105 meters long and displacing 3,000 tonnes, the corvette will come in two versions: combat and long-range patrol.