Romania is close to deciding for its new multi-purpose corvette. The Bucharest administration, which received the latest offers at the beginning of October, said they are close to the conclusion of the proposals.
Three participants submitted bids to the tender for the selection of ships to replace the two old Type 22 class frigates procured from the Royal Navy. Naval Group from France, Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding from the Netherlands and Fincantieri from Italy took part in the tender.
Bucharest had set a need for a ship weighing 2500 tons. The platform was required to use the for anti-submarine warfare, surface warfare, air defence, electronic warfare, naval fire support and search and rescue missions. Since Romania has made a request for local contributions, all three companies have created a proposal package with partners based at the country. Damen offered the SIGMA 10514 class corvette to integrate ESSM and Harpoon Block II missiles as well as hardware for submarine warfare, while Fincantieri offered a customized version in line with the needs of Romania of the Abu Dhabi class corvettes previously built for the United Arab Emirates.