Italian Navy orders new amphibious assault ship

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Luca Peruzzi, Genoa - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
05 July 2015


The Italian Navy has ordered a new LHD from RTI. Pictured is one of the two concept designs from RTI, which features a single extended island. The alternative design features two separate and smaller islands. It is currently unclear which design has been chosen. Source: Luca Peruzzi

The Italian Navy has ordered a new landing helicopter dock (LHD), with Fincantieri and Finmeccanica announcing they had been awarded a EUR1.1 billion (USD1.3 billion) contract for the vessel on 1 July.

The delivery of the new ship is planned for the beginning of 2022. Design activities have already begun, with initial construction (steel cutting) due at the end of 2016. The launch is scheduled for the beginning of 2019.

The contract awarded by the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD)'s General Directorate for Naval Armaments (NAVARM) to the Raggruppamento Temporaneo di Impresa (RTI) industrial consortium of Finmeccanica and Fincantieri covers the design, construction, fitting out, and delivery of the LHD.

The contract also includes logistic services and in-service maintenance support t from RTI for the first ten years of the vessel's lifecycle. Finmeccanica, through Selex ES, will act as prime contractor for the ship's entire combat system, delivering and integrating all the systems; including those provided by Oto Melara, WASS and Elettronica.

The division of the contract is worth about EUR853 million to Fincantieri and EUR273 million to Finmeccanica.

According to industrial sources the new LHD is to be built at the Italian group's Castellammare di Stabia shipyard near Naples, while testing and acceptance trails are expected to be conducted from Muggiano shipyard near La Spezia.

The Naples shipyard has previously delivered mostly civil vessels, principally cruise liners and ferries but is being used as Fincantieri's other naval shipyards are already being used for construction. The shipyard has however delivered naval vessels in the past, and in 2012/2013 launched the Italian Coast Guard's two Luigi Dattilo-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

According to the Italian Navy General Staff the vessel will have dual-use capabilities, for a wide range of military and humanitarian missions. The new LHD will be of 22,000 tonnes displacement, be about 210 m long, with a beam of 30 m. It will have a crew of around 450 personnel and will have accommodation for up to 1,000 people in total - allowing the transportation of 550 additional troops or civilians.

The LHD will be equipped with a 50 m x 15 m well dock able to accommodate up to four landing craft mechanised (LCM) with a load capacity of 60 tons, as well as amphibious vehicles and landing craft air cushioned (LCAC).

The flight deck will have at least five spots for helicopters, a hangar for recovery and a 4,500m² combined helicopter maintenance and dock-garage.

The combat system elements will be based on the more comprehensive package the industrial consortium is developing for Italian Navy's new combatant patrol vessel (PPA - Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura). The sensor suite will include an X-band, four-fixed-face, multi-functional scanned-array radar system and will be fitted for the C-band segment. The new LHD is also to receive a rotating L-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) surveillance radar. The vessel will be powered by a combined diesel and gas turbine (CODOG) plant providing a maximum speed of around 25 kts and a range of 7,000 n miles at 16 kts.
Italian Navy orders new amphibious assault ship - IHS Jane's 360
 

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Hadn't it been for the European Union, I pretty much doubt they would've acquired this since they are now imposed to protect their borders and not allow any further immigrants. No matter what reason they're trying to lay on the table for us to believe, it'll always be clear for me... they are given a lot of money to prevent immigrants, and this is just the beginning. Am I contented? Hell yeah! I live in a rather big city and all you see is immigrants. I have nothing against them, but they're such tryhards to make their voice and traditions heard like we cared at all.