Oct 27, 2023
On October 24th, 2023 at OCCAR premises in Rome, OCCAR (Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) signed with the Consortium, coordinated by Naviris and including Fincantieri (Italy), Naval Group (France), Navantia (Spain) and other beneficiaries from Greece (INTEGRATED SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT S.A. (ISD), HYDRUS ENGENEERING S.A., INTRACOM DEFENSE S.A. (IDE), PRISMA ELECTRONICS, FEAC ENGINEERING, TERRA SPATIUM), Denmark (FORCE TECHNOLOGY, SH DEFENCE) and Norway (VESTDAVIT), all the contracts for the implementation of the Modular and Multirole Patrol Corvette (MMPC) of the 1st phase of the European Patrol Corvette (EPC) project. In parallel, the Delegates of the companies signed a consortium agreement, whose objective is to rule the execution of the project, maximizing synergies and collaboration among European shipbuilding industries.
The European Commission strongly supports this first phase of EPC project through the European Defence Fund (EDF) with 60 M€, while extra 27 M€ will be funded by the participating Member States. With a duration of 24 months, the MMPC contract aims to provide the initial design of a next generation class of naval vessel EPC, launched in the context of a PESCO project.
Utilizing the expertise of various specialized European companies and in line with the European Commission strategy, the participating Member States defence strategies and the requirements specified by each Navy, the EPC program aims to develop smart, innovative, affordable, sustainable, interoperable and flexible vessels, designed to meet a wide range of missions in diverse operational contexts. IDE contributes to study activities on the EPC MANET radiosystem and interoperability aspects of Unmanned Sea Vehicles’ communications.
This project will strongly contribute to the European sovereignty in the second line vessels domain, by strengthening the European industry, increasing efficiency and lowering delays to go from the military need to the delivery to Navies.