Dutch shipbuilding group Damen has filed a complaint with Romania's Consiliul Naţional de Soluţionare a Contestaţiilor (National Council for Solving Complaints - CNSC), following the selection of France's Naval Group as preferred supplier for Romania's multipurpose corvette programme.
In parallel, the company has filed a lawsuit at the Bucharest Tribunal alleging irregularities in the corvette acquisition process.
Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, Fincantieri, and 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.
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