The technical launch of “Musherib,” the first-in-class patrol vessel (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel) built by Fincantieri for the Qatar Ministry of Defence, took place today at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard. Musherib is scheduled to be delivered in 2022.
The technical launch was attended by Lorenzo Guerini, Italian Minister of Defence, Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of Qatar, Maj. Gen. Abdulla Hassan Al Suleiti, Chief of Staff of the Qatari Emiri Navy, and Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, Chief of Staff of the Italian Navy. The attendees were welcomed by Fincantieri Chairman Giampiero Massol and company CEO Giuseppe Bono. The launch followed the first steel cutting of the vessel “Sumaysimah”, fourth corvette of the same program.
Musherib, which will have a design consistent with the RINAMIL for Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) rules, will be a flexible type of ship capable of performing several services, from surveillance to combat functions. The vessel is about 63 meters long, 9.2 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 30 knots. It will be able to accommodate as many as 38 of crew members.
The vessel’s propulsion system has four variable pitch propellers, two to starboard and two to the left, each in line with a diesel propulsion engine. It will also be capable of operating a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through a crane located at the stern.
The contract, worth about 4 billion euros, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, including four corvettes, one amphibious vessel (LPD – Landing Platform Dock), and two patrol vessels (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel. Support services will also be provided to Qatar for 10 years after the delivery of the vessels. All the units will be entirely built in the Group’s Italian shipyards, ensuring continuity to the activities until 2024.
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