Italy's planned multiyear defence programming document covering the 2018-2020 timeframe includes funding to launch new shipbuilding and guided weapon programmes for the Italian Navy.
According to the document, publicly released on 2 November, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) plans to launch three programmes in support of Italian Navy request, comprising a third batch of two U212A submarines built to an evolved design, a new submarine rescue vessel, and an improved version of MBDA's Teseo Mk2 anti-ship missile system. The programming document is expected to be scrutinised in parliament from the second week of November.
According to the document, the four U212A submarines comprising the third and fourth batches - which will be built in the evolved Near Future Submarine (NFS) configuration - will require a total of EUR2.35 billion (USD2.68 billion); EUR806 million was been allocated to start the first two units in early 2018.
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