One of the world’s major shipbuilder companies, Fincantieri, announced Thursday that the technical launch of “Al Khor”, the third of the Al Zubarah class corvette ordered to the company by the Qatari Ministry of Defense.
The order within Qatar’s national naval acquisition program, took place at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in Italy.
Fincantieri noted that the vessel will be delivered in 2022.
“The Al Zubarah class corvettes designed consistent with the RINAMIL1 rules, will be highly flexible and capable of fulfilling different kinds of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to being fighting vessels,” the company said.
“They will be about 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, and equipped with a CODAD2, with a maximum speed of 28 knots.
The Italy-based company stated that the units will be able to accommodate 112 persons on board.
“Furthermore, the corvettes will be capable of operating high-speed boats such as RHIB3 through lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern,” it said, adding that the flight deck and hangar are sized for hosting one NH90 helicopter.
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