Fincantieri, Naval Group, Navantia submit offer for MMPC programme

The EPC project was approved in November of last year. Credit: Fincantieri / European Defense Agency.

A Naviris coordinated consortium led by Fincantieri, Naval Group and Navantia has submitted an industrial bid for the Modular Multirole Patrol Corvette (MMPC) program.

Submitted in response to the European Defense Fund (EDF) MMPC call, the offer reaffirms the companies’ commitment to work together to develop the first “common naval capability” in Europe.

The main objective of the proposal is to increase synergies and partnership between European shipbuilding industrialists.

The joint development of the European Patrol Corvette (EPC) is said to be the most important naval initiative within the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).

EPC will be a fully ready surface combatant with a length of approximately 100 m and a displacement of 3,000 t.

It will be designed to carry out a variety of missions.

The PESCO aims to deepen defense cooperation between EU member states.

It is part of the EU’s security and defense policy (CSDP), where 25 of the 27 national armed forces pursue structural integration.

Italy, France, Spain and Greece are the four PESCO participating countries involved in the EPC project, with Italy, Denmark, Norway, France, Spain and Greece involved in the co-founding.

According to a joint statement issued by the companies, MMPC will eventually be designed as the common reference to address specific national requirements.

Earlier this year, the Board of Directors of the European Defense Agency agreed to support the development of EPC.

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