Italy Paves the Way for New Amphibious Assault Vessels
The Italian navy has received the go-ahead to procure two 20,000-ton amphibious assault ships (LHDs) in addition to a third, which is notionally configured to facilitate extensive aviation (LHA) operations. The preliminary LHD project has been funded in its entirety and will take 12 months for completion. A project definition phase will follow on closely, which will require eight months of uninterrupted testing of operational limits. These crucuial interim stages will directly impact final con...
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