In an interview with Defensehere.com, Director of Shipbuilding and Engineering at Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), Francesco Paolo Lo Monaco talked about the ADSB's new 92 meters Corvette.
UAE's leading shipyard, ADSB specializes in the build, repair, maintenance, refit, and conversion of naval and commercial vessels. With 25 years of service to the UAE and beyond, ADSB is one of the most experienced shipyards in the region. ADSB deploys the latest technologies, including robotics, to maximize fleet readiness, extend ship lifetimes, and lower overall lifecycle costs.
ADSB's new 92 meters corvette design stated as low-profile, multi-role vessel equipped to perform a range of littoral missions and meet the demands of the Indo-Pacific region. Propelled by combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) engines, it achieves a top speed of 28 knots and an endurance of over 4,500nm at cruising speed.
In the interview, Francesco Paolo Lo Monaco from ADSB said more about the new corvette.
"Together with Abu Dhabi Ship Building, we are launching in world premiere, the new design of our 92 meters Corvette, fully designed Abu Dhabi Ship Building in the UAE. The Corvette is a modular platform which can accommodate different kind of payload. Basically, the main purpose or a mission profile of the vessel is to support the littoral mission activities." Director of Shipbuilding and Engineering at Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), Francesco Paolo Lo Monaco.
"As I say, being a very modular design, we can accommodate a main gun of 76 millimeters or 57. We can have a surface to air missiles capability, surface to surface missiles capability. As a secondary gun, we can have a 10 millimeters to 12.7 millimeters.
With a very extended helicopter capability up to 11 tons, the helicopter operation can be called an up to sea state 3. We are very proud to announce in world premiere, the UAE and made in Abu Dhabi Ship Building design that will be primarily used for local and for international clients.
The main goal of EDGE and ADSB, of course, is to boost the export of our naval defense product. Therefore, yes, we are already in touch with the clients outside the UAE, which hopefully will materialize in something very good, very soon.
We are continuously working on research and development. Our basic strategy is to assess where the naval defense industry is going in order to be in line or sometimes a step ahead of. Therefore, to provide to the industry the latest and innovative solution. So, the answer is yes. We are having ongoing new design moving into the autonomous capabilities. Therefore, with the support of our mother company EDGE, we will launch in the near future new designs.
I think our other company EDGE will be in London very soon. Therefore, of course Abu Dhasi Ship Building as part of the EDGE group, will contribute to provide the latest marine defense technologies." he said.