The contract for building 2 amphibious ships is signed in Australia
Navantia will design and build both ships, together with the Australian shipyard Tenix, which will mean over 9.3 million work-hours for the Spanish shipyards
The Australian Prime Minister, the Defense Minister and the Tenix shipyard have signed today in Melbourne, in the presence of Mr. Juan Pedro Gómez Jaén, Chairman of Navantia as the main foreign partner in this program, the contract by which the later will build for the Australian Navy 2 amphibious ships, with a design similar to that of the Strategic Projection Ship (BPE) which the shipbuilding company of the SEPI Group is currently building for the Spanish Navy.
The Spanish offer for building these ships is based on the BPE which is currently under construction, and was selected against the offer submitted by the French company Armaris, since it was the ship which better suited the requirements of the Australian Navy.
The contract signed amounts to about 1,411.6 Million Euros, of which 915 correspond to Navantia, and which include the design and construction of the above mentioned ships, as well as of the engines and the platform control integrated system, which shall be supplied by Navantia itself.
It is estimated that around 80% of the program will be carried out in Spain, while the remainder will be performed by Tenix, which means for Navantia around 9,347,700 work-hours. Most of these work-hours, around 9,300,000, will be for the Fene-Ferrol shipyard, around 24,000 for the Engines Unit of Cartagena and around 23,700 for the FABA Systems unit of San Fernando.
This contract, together with that signed on October 4th, 2007 for building 3 destroyers, was awarded on June, and it represents a milestone in Spanish shipbuilding, turning Navantia into the military ship designer and builder of reference in the world, and crucially contributes to the consolidation of a strong and feasible state-owned shipbuilding industry.
Both contracts provide Navantia with a global business volume of 1,200 M¿ and with over 10.2 Million work-hours. As a result of this export deal, the biggest ever carried out in the history of military shipbuilding in Spain, its Chairman Mr. Juan Pedro Gómez Jaén ´feels very proud´ and states that it is ´the result of the constant work carried out by all Navantia personnel, which allows us to have in the market technologically superior products´. Equally, he points out that ´not all the merit can be attributed to Navantia, since we have enjoyed the total and unconditional support of the Spanish Government for closing such a large transaction´.
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