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Fincantieri will build the third frigate for the US Navy missile launcher of the "Constellation" class

The value of the contract option is about 536 million dollars

Fincantieri has announced that the US Navy has decided on the exercise of the option that assigns to Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM), the American subsidiary of the Italian navalmeccanico group, the construction of the third missile frigate of the class "Constellation", which will be called USS Chesapeake (FFG-64). The value of the contractual option is of about 536 million dollars. Fincantieri has specified that this announcement follows the success of the project review of the last month of the class leader USS Constellation (FFG-62), which is approaching the beginning of the implementation phase.

The program "Constellation" was awarded to FMM in 2020, with a contract for the first frigate with the option for nine additional ships, in addition to after-sales support and the training of the crews, with a total value of about 5.5 billions of dollars ( of 4 May 2020). As part of the program, the U.S. Navy provides for the construction of an additional ten units, for a total of 20.

Fincantieri has highlighted that in this prestigious tender the company has managed to impose itself on ITS US competitors thanks to a project judged as the most advanced and innovative being the proposal of the Italian group based on the FREMM frigate platform, considered the best in the world under the technological profile, on which a program of ten units is based for the Italian Navy.

Meanwhile, Fincantieri has almost completed the modernization of the own U.S. shipyards aimed at enabling the construction of two frigates every year.

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