OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’Armement, the international organization for cooperation in joint armament) has exercised the construction of the third new generation submarine related to the U212NFS (Near Future Submarine) program for the Italian Navy assigned to Fincantieri.

The vessel has a total value of more than 500 million euros, including integrated support service, and will be delivered in 2030.

The development of the future program also contemplates an additional 160 million euros for future additional activities or provision of specific additional capabilities required by the Italian Navy.

The U212NFS submarines will be highly innovative, with significant design modifications developed independently by Fincantieri, which has the role of Design Authority in accordance with Navy requirements. The program responds to the need to ensure an adequate capacity for surveillance and special submarine control, considering the complex future scenarios of submarine operations and what will be the spare parts once the operational life of the 4 “Sauro” class submarines currently in service ends.

It also aims to maintain and further develop the industrial, strategic and innovative knowledge acquired by Fincantieri, as well as to consolidate the technological leadership achieved by the company and its supply chain, the main industries and small and medium-sized companies in the sector, improving the presence on board of technologically advanced components developed by Italian industries.

The tasks carried out by submarines for the benefit of the community are multiple. On a daily basis, the Navy’s submarines are involved in the surveillance of maritime communication routes and the submarine dimension, including within the NATO and EU alliances. It’s a role that is becoming increasingly important in light of the country’s interests that lie below the sea’s surface, from seabed resources to subsea energy and communications infrastructure.

Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups, uniquely active in all sectors of the high-tech marine industry. It is a leader in the construction and transformation of cruise, naval, oil & gas and offshore wind vessels, as well as in the production of component systems and equipment, after-sales services and marine interior solutions.

Fincantieri is awarded the third NFS submarine of the Italian Navy.

Fincantieri maintains its know-how, experience and management centers in Italy, employing 10,000 workers and creating around 90,000 jobs, which is doubling worldwide thanks to a production network of 18 shipyards operating on four continents and with almost 21,000 employees.