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Fincantieri Launches Second OPV for Qatar

فينكانتيري Our Bureau - : Jun 8, 2021 - : 11:10 am

The technical launch of the patrol vessel (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel) “Sheraouh,” second of the OPV class being built by Fincantieri for the Qatari Emiri Navy as part of the country’s naval acquisition program, took place  at the Muggiano (La Spezia) yard on June 5.

The program is worth nearly 4 billion euros and envisages, in addition to the 2 OPVs that are both scheduled for delivery in 2022, 4 corvettes over 100 meters long and one amphibious vessel (LPD – Landing Platform Dock).

The event was marked by the presence of Major General (Pilot) Hamad bin Mubarak Al-Dawai Al-Nabit, Commander of the Emiri Air Defense Forces, Brig. Jaleel Khalid Al Ruwaili, Qatar Director of the Directorate of Education and Courses, Vice Admiral Enrico Credendino, Commander of the Italian Navy Schools representing the Italian Navy chief, and  Giuseppe Giordo, General Manager of the Naval Vessel Division of Fincantieri.

Fincantieri announced, on the same day, the first steel cutting of the LPD at Riva Trigoso. The opening of the Training Center “Halul 1” in La Spezia also took place.

The OPV “Sheraouh Q62” has been designed in compliance with the RINAMIL for Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) rules. It will be a flexible ship capable of performing several services, from surveillance to combat functions. It is about 63 meters long, 9.2 meters wide, with a maximum speed of 30 knots with a range of 1500 nm. It will accommodate as many as 38 crew members.

“Sheraouh” will also be equipped with different types of sensors (EWS Radar & Communication (RESM/CESM); Multi-Functional Radar (MFR Kronos HP; IR Search & Tracking System (IRST); Radar & E/O Fire Control System (FCS); X-Band Navigation Radar; S-Band Navigation Radar).

The OPV will also be armed with the Ground-Based Air Defence VL-MICA SAM, with the French-built anti-ship missile Exocet SSM, the Leonardo Super Rapid 76/62mm SR Gun, 30mm Secondary Calibre Guns, and a 12.7mm Machine Guns (GFE).

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