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Italian firm strikes electronic warfare deal in Australia ahead of frigate pick

Tuesday, March 20, 2018   (0 Comments)

By: Tom Kington  |  March 20, 2018  |  DefenseNews

ROME ― Italy’s Elettronica will team with Australian companies to supply electronic warfare systems should Australia buy Italy’s FREMM frigates, the company said Tuesday.

Officials from Thales Australia and Daronmont Technologies visited the Italian firm to sign a cooperation deal, which would see them teaming on Elettronica’s Minerva package of EW and communications capabilities, the firm said.

Italian shipyard Fincantieri is currently competing with BAE Systems and Spain’s Navantia to supply nine frigates for the Australian Navy, with a decision expected this year.

The Elettronica deal would take effect if Australia selects Fincantieri’s FREMM, which it co-designed with France’s Naval Group and has been acquired by Italy, France, Morocco and Egypt.

The type has also been shortlisted as a candidate for the U.S. Navy’s FFG(X) program.  READ MORE...

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