Fincantieri has confirmed that the agreement with Egypt also provides for an option for 2 other (new) Fremm which would thus bring the total of the "Italian" variant of the frigates to as many as 14. The analysis by Pietro Batacchi, director of Rid
T he order for the sale to Egypt of the 2 frigates type Fremm GP (General Purpose) Emilio Bianchi and Spartaco Schergat has finally obtained the go-ahead from the government.
This is a 1.1 billion euro operation of which we share the underlying geopolitical objectives.
Egypt, in addition to being the most important Arab and African country, is our precious strategic partner to which we have solid commercial and, above all, energy relations – Eni controls the Zohr natural gas field in Egyptian waters , or the largest natural gas field in the Mediterranean – and a fundamental country for the stability and balance of the region, vital for Italian security and interests.
The real question now is how to compensate for the Navy losing 2 important frontline units. And on this aspect there can be no misunderstandings or delays.
Across the Mediterranean there is an unprecedented "naval race" which, the Covid-19 crisis, can only slow down. We have seen what, despite the pandemic, Turkey has been able to do in our home garden. Ankara has projected in Libya, or in the Central Mediterranean, over 10,000 pro-Turkish Syrian militiamen, 300-400 advisers (belonging in particular special forces and intelligence), dozens of armed UAVs, KORAL vehicle systems for electronic warfare and a frigate to give coverage against the attacks of the UAE WING LOONG UAVs operating in support of Haftar forces.
A successful intervention that in a few weeks has reversed the fate of the conflict. In such a situation, therefore, Italy has every interest in strengthening Egypt to rebalance Turkey, but, be careful, for the same reasons, it must keep its fleet's capacity intact – if not strengthen -.
So far there was talk of 2 alternatives. The first: immediate exercise of the option for the 3 missing PPAs in the Full variant, exploiting their modularity and versatility to obtain a variant capable of expressing antisom capability as well. The second: 2 new "replacement" Fremm for the Navy. Well, from Fincantieri they informed us that the question does not actually arise even since there is already an agreement to re / integrate the fleet with 2 new Fremm.
It is therefore only a matter of adopting a contractual modification that would move forward the delivery to the Navy of the ninth and tenth Fremm.
Not only that, but from Fincantieri we have confirmed that the agreement with Egypt also provides for an option for 2 other (new) Fremm which would thus bring the total of the "Italian" variant of the frigates to as many as 14.
In short, at the end of the games it would be a benefit for the whole system: in geopolitical, industrial and technological-employment terms.
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This is a machine translation from Italian language of a post published on Start Magazine at the URL https://www.startmag.it/smartcity/fremm-allegitto-fincantieri-conferma-rimpiazzo-unita-alla-marina/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fremm-allegitto-fincantieri-conferma-rimpiazzo-unita-alla-marina on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 05:25:07 +0000.