Romania calls halt to corvette competition

31 January 2019

Romania's long-delayed plan to acquire new multi-mission corvettes has been plunged into doubt after the three-way competition was stopped amid allegations of irregularities in the procurement process.

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding of the Netherlands, Italy's Fincantieri, and France's Naval Group submitted bids in October 2018 for the supply of four corvettes, plus the combat system modernisation of the Romanian Navy's two ex-UK Royal Navy Type 22 frigates Regina Maria and Regele Ferdinand . In line with Romanian stipulations for local industry participation, all three contenders proposed build and in-service support in conjunction with subsidiaries or partners based in-country.

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding has proposed a variant of its SIGMA 10514 design with sister yard Damen Shipyards Galati, while Naval Group, teamed with the Santierul Naval Constanta S.A.

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