Italian Defence Minister to visit Dimdex 2018

 14 Mar 2018 - 10:20

Italian Defence Minister to visit Dimdex 2018

The Peninsula

DOHA: The visit of Roberta Pinotti, the Italian Minister for Defence, on the occasion of Dimdex 2018 was officially announced yesterday by Admiral Valter Girardelli, Chief of the Italian Navy, during an exclusive press conference on board of the Frigate Carlo Margottini commanded by Commander Giuseppe Lai – a ship of the Italian-French FREMM (European Multimission Frigate) programme.

The Italian Ambassador to Qatar Pasquale Salzano welcomed the  journalists and the representatives of the major Italian Companies Exibiting at Dimdex , Ficantieri, Leonardo, Mbda and Elettronica.

During his keynote he highlighted that Italy is highly appreciated for the expertise and innovation of its Navy and Shipyards and  to witness the  outstanding  developments in this sector a photographic exhibition “Italian Navy & Fincantieri Shipbuilding – people, technology and design”, was  jointly organised by the Embassy of Italy in Qatar and Katara Cultural Village Foundation at Katara centre.

In his speech, Admiral Valter Girardelli, Chief of The Italian Navy expressed his sincere appreciation for the exquisite hospitality offered by Qatar, notably by the Qatari Emiri Navy. “Exhibitions such as this require a significant organisational effort by the whole staff engaged in the event in order to ensure the full success of the show. The excellent results achieved by DIMDEX 2018 up to now are a clear evidence of the outstanding commitment of the organisers and staff which has provided invaluable support,” Admiral said.

Commander Giuseppe Lai explained that the deployment of the Italian FREMM frigate  is  among the activities that the Italian Navy conducts with allied and friend nations in the framework of multinational cooperation and dialogue among countries. In the month of April, the ship will join the EU-led counter-piracy operation Atalanta, as flagship for the Italian Force Commander. The ship  will be engaged in the Gulf of Aden until next August 2018.

Fincantieri is one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high-complexity special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts

The Italian Navy’s FREMM Frigate “Carlo Margottini”, was designed and built by Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups exhibiting  at the 6th edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference, DIMDEX 18,. Margottini” was delivered by Fincantieri to the Italian Navy in 2014. It is the third FREMM vessel, the second in the anti-submarine warfare version (ASW), built at the Italian shipyards of the Group.

Qatar is part of Fincantieri’s business development strategy in the Middle East. It is well known that recently the company received an order from the Qatari Ministry of Defence for the construction of 7 new generation surface vessels included in the national naval acquisition program, as well as support services to be done in the country for further 10 years after the delivery of the ships.  

Leonardo, another major player exhibiting at Dimdex is  the provider of  latest-generation naval systems to the Italian Navy (Marina Militare) for its new multi-purpose off-shore patrol vessels (PPA), its new Logistics Support Ship (LSS) and its Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD). These cutting-edge capabilities  are  derived  from  over  50  years  of  experience  in  the  design  and  implementation  of naval systems.

The ITS Margottini, an Anti-Submarine Warfare unit, is equipped with systems designed, produced and integrated by Leonardo. These systems include the Combat Management System (CMS), radar sensors and Fire control systems, Electro-optical and Infrared sensors for tracking functions, communication systems and defence systems.

The Frigate also has on-board the NH90 NFH multi-role helicopter with specific avionics and mission equipment for naval operations produced by Leonardo.

Notably, Leonardo is responsible for providing the ships with their entire combat systems. These integrate all subsystems including electronics and weapons from MBDA. 

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