After the postponement of the decision in January, now was unexpected momentum in the selection: The French Naval Group was (on 2 July winning the bidding contest in Romania on the construction of four multipurpose corvettes and for the overhaul of two Type 22 frigates ex "HMS London "-" Regina Maria "ex" HMS Coventry "-" Regele Ferdinand ") informed. In the package, the costs were originally estimated at 1.6 billion euros, also a training and the development of a maintenance center for the Romanian fleet are included.
The focus of four corvettes Gowind series, equipped with the management / information system SETIS and skills Luftziel-, antiship and submarine combat (if known are: hull and towed array sonar Thales, MICA VL and MBDA Exocet ).
Naval Group won against Women (Netherlands) and the Italian Fincantieri. The tri companies in which Naval Group, a joint venture plans we ( reported), Put the Parisians with a vocation to the tendering procedure to - this even after declaration of intent to cooperate on June 14. The contracts are now to be negotiated and finalized in the coming months.
The first Corvette is expected by 2022, the order is valued at 1.2 billion euros (four "Gowind" plus two overhauls what proportion of the two centers are factored remains open). The entire program should be completed within seven years.
Naval Group, which assumes that the program will consolidate more than 400 jobs over the next five years, with the yard Santierul Naval Constanta cooperate (SNC) in Constanta on the west coast of the Black Sea. According to a communiqué from the French Ministry of Defense (July 3, 2019) will be "delivered essential equipment units of the sites of the Naval Group Lorient and Toulon Ollioules" the. At the same time, "local partnerships will be given a great importance:
- The design studies that are required for Romanian particularities, done in collaboration with the Icepronav design agency (Author's note: Icepronav Engineering SRL Galati is a private company for design, research and technological development in the shipbuilding industry in Romania (since 2002 International Contract Engineering ICE) group belonging in the UK, which owns 98.3% stake in the company.)
- The communication system is created by the company Interactive as a know-how transfer. Founded in 1966 Interactive, headquartered Bucharest, is a private company for communication and information systems, including software and hardware development and system integration of Battle Management Systems It presents itself as the leading provider of C4ISR solutions: (Editor's note. in the Romanian defense industry before.)
- The construction of the platforms and the final assembly will be carried out in technology transfer in Constanta SNC. "- so the communiqué on. Naval Group provides this in its own press release not as detailed. What could be an indication for possible government intervention side.
The tender for four corvettes and two frigates modernization was launched for the first time 2,016th They came several times to a halt (already in October 2018 was awarded to Naval Group) - due to allegations of corruption and because of objections of competing companies. All competitors integrated cooperation with Romanian shipyards in their quotes. Ladies (offer of 1.25 billion euros) with Damen Shipyards Mangalia (in Mangalia) and Santierul naval Galati (Galati), Fincantieri (bid of 1.3 billion euros) with Vard Tulcea and Braila.
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