Frigates

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The French-Italian FREMM cooperation programme envisages, for Italy, the construction of ten European Multi-Mission Frigates (6 General Purpose version - characterised by enhanced flexibility of use - and 4 ASW variants, for more specialised operational deployment). Deliveries have been scheduled for a seven-year period from 2013 to 2019, at an average rate of one unit per year.

Both variants feature excellent anti-air and anti-surface capabilities, and may be equipped with SH-90/EH101 helicopters. The ASW variant are fitted with towed sonar and torpedo launchers.

The new frigates will replace older Maestrale- and Soldato-class vessels.