EAST HARTFORD, Conn., April 12 (UPI) -- Italy's new FREMM class frigates are to be outfitted with fiber optic remote source lighting systems from U.S. company RSL Fiber Systems LLC.
The contract for the first six of 10 anticipated frigates -- the company's first international order -- came from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
"We are extremely excited to be chosen by Fincantieri, one of the world's largest designers and builders of merchant and naval vessels, for this leading-edge work," said RSL Chief Executive Officer/Chief Technology Officer Giovanni Tomasi. "The FREMM frigate will be a world-class warship, and our role in its development opens up numerous opportunities for RSL with the Italian Tech sector and far beyond."
A division of Skyler Technologies Group, RSL Fiber Systems provides advanced lighting solutions and integrated illumination systems for military and commercial applications. RSL fiber optic technology illuminates U.S. Navy warships, including the LPD 17 class, the experimental craft "Sea Fighter," and the Navy's newest advanced destroyer, the DDG 1000, currently under construction.
The value of the Italian contract was not disclosed.
The FREMM class frigates are currently under construction.