Enrico Bonetti, Naviris COO, Adm. Matteo Bisceglia, OCCAR director, Claude Centofanti – Naviris CEO Photo: Naviris
Naviris, a joint venture by Fincantieri and Naval Group, has signed its first research and technology (R&T) contract with OCCAR, the European Joint Armaments Cooperation organisation.
This programme aims at improving the performance of Naval Group’s and Fincantieri’s vessels. Naviris, as prime contractor, will coordinate technical activities managed by Fincantieri and Naval Group and will own the intellectual property of all the research findings.
“We are delighted that OCCAR has relied on us to participate to the Franco-Italian R&T programme,” said Claude Centofanti, chief executive of Naviris. “This contract is the first step of more-to-come European projects, regarding not only joint research activities but also the upgrade of design and production process for the vessels destined to France, Italy and their export.”
The R&T programme is divided into five different projects focusing on developing warship simulation capabilities; optimising energy consumption; developing fuel cell systems for surface vessels; boosting shipbuilding competitiveness and developing methods, tools and engineering solutions to allow safe daily opertaions.
Three sites of Naval Group will be involved in the projects – Nantes-Indret, Ollioules and Lorient, as well as its subsidiary SIREHNA. Fincantieri’s Genova and Trieste sites will work on the project, along with the subsidiaries Cetena and Seastema.