Fincantieri expects to complete the delivery of all four Al Zubarah class corvettes to Qatar by the end of 2023.
Last October, the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces took delivery of the first of the four corvettes ordered by the Qatari Ministry of Defence. The global order, announced in August 2017, was worth five billion euros and included one billion euros for the missiles.
“The delivery of the corvette “Al Zubarah”, the first of the class of the same name of four vessels ordered within the national naval acquisition program, took place at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard on October 28 last year,” a company official said. The second corvette “Damsah” and the third “Al Khor” are expected to be delivered by the end of this year. The technical launch of these corvettes was held last year.
The keel laying of “Sumaysimah” the fourth vessel also took place in February 2021. The Al Zubarah class corvettes, designed consistent with the Rules for the classification of Naval Ships (RINAMIL), will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance to sea rescue capacities to being fighting vessels, the official claims.
The corvettes will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, and equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), with a maximum speed of 28 knots. The units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board. Furthermore, the corvettes will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. The flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.
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