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France & Italy Launch First Horizon Class Frigate

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France launched the Forbin, its first of theHorizon class 7,000-metric-tonne air defense frigates from DCN's shipyard in Lorient on March 10. The Horizon program budget totals EUR $3 billion (USD $4 billion), of which approximately one-third was spent on development costs. A total of four Horizon warships are being developed and built by Horizon SAS, a joint venture between France's DCN and Thales (Armaris) and Italy's Fincanteri and Finmeccania, Rome (Orizzonte Sistemi Navale)....

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