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Qatar orders new navy from Fincantieri
Luca Peruzzi, Genoa and Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
17 June 2016

Qatar's LPD will be similar to Algeria's Kalaat Beni Abbes, seen here during Exercise 'Phoenix Express' in May. Source: US Navy

The long-awaited Qatari order for several major naval vessels has finally been agreed, with the Italian shipyard Fincantieri announcing on 16 June that it had won the contract after seeing off determined competition.

Fincantieri said senior Qatari officials had signed a contract that day worth approximately EUR4 billion (USD4.5 billion) to the shipyard covering the construction and delivery of seven vessels, as well as support services for 15 years. All the vessels will be built in Fincantieri shipyards in Italy over a six-year period starting in 2018.

The press release said the vessels include four corvettes over 100 m in length, one landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious warfare vessel, and two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

IHS Jane's understands that the corvettes will displace about 3,000 tonnes and have a helicopter deck and hangar. Leonardo-Finmeccanica will supply Athena combat management systems (CMS) and Kronos radars for the vessels.

Air defence missiles will include both MBDA Aster 30 in vertical launchers and short-range Raytheon RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles. Their other armament will consist of MBDA Excocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles, a single 76 mm Super Rapid gun, and two 30 mm guns.

The US government has already approved the sale of 252 RIM-116C missiles to Qatar, which announced in March that it has ordered land-based anti-ship missile systems with both Exocet MM40 Block 3 and MBDA Marte ER missiles.

The corvettes will also be fitted with the Elettronica Virgilius electronic warfare suite and Leonardo-Finmeccanica Black Snake torpedo detection array with associated acoustic countermeasures.

The LPD will be similar to the 143 m vessel that Fincantieri built for Algeria, while the OPVs will be an evolution on the Falaj-class patrol boats that it built for the United Arab Emirates. These will be fitted with the Athena CMS, Kronos radar, 76 mm main guns, Exocet missiles, and MBDA VL Mica surface-to-air missiles.
http://www.janes.com/article/61576/qatar-orders-new-navy-from-fincantieri
 

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Qatar's EUR5 billion naval deal with Italy sees three ship types to be delivered
Luca Peruzzi, Genoa, Italy - IHS Jane's Navy International
17 June 2016
Key Points
  • Qatar is to buy three ship types from Italy, with seven vessels to be procured in total
  • Under the deal, the Italian Navy will provide training and crew certification
Qatar has concluded a EUR5 billion (USD5.6 billion) sales agreement with Italy's government and Italian industry to buy seven new ships across three platform types.

A model of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces' new 105 m multirole corvette. Four of the ships will be procured. (Luca Peruzzi)

The deal covers delivery to the Gulf state of four 105 m multirole corvettes, two 60 m fast patrol missile vessels, and an amphibious/logistics ship. These new platforms will significantly grow and modernise the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF).

The contract was signed on 16 June by the QENF commander, Major General Mohammed Nassir Al-Muhannadi, and CEO of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, Giuseppe Bono.
http://www.janes.com/article/61591/...h-italy-sees-three-ship-types-to-be-delivered
 

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Congrats to Qatar. Indeed all GCC countries need to upgrade their current naval fleet. Focus should be on subs or counter subs systems.
 
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