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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 07:05 PM
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Published: Wednesday, 02 August 2017 22:47

Qatar Confirms Order for Air Defence Corvettes, LPD and OPVs from Fincantieri
 
Qatar confirmed today its order for seven vessels from Italian shipbulder Fincantieri following the signing of a preliminary contract in June 2016. The deal consists in four air defence corvettes of over 100 meters in length, one amphibious vessel (LPD - Landing Platform Dock acting as mobile radar station for the corvettes), and two patrol vessels (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel)

  
Design of the air defence corvettes allegedly contracted by Qatar in the amount of four units. Picture: Fincantieri.
  
"We have signed a contract on behalf of the Qatari navy to acquire seven warships from Italy for five billion euros (5.9 billion U.S. dollars)," Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said at a Doha press conference with his visiting Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano.

The deal includes support services in Qatar for further 15 years after the delivery of the vessels. All the units will be entirely built in Fincantieri Italian shipyards starting from 2018, ensuring 6 years of work and an important impact on the main Italian defense companies.

Leonardo will be responsible for the integrated supply of the new naval units’ combat system, main radars and on-board sensors and defence sub-systems, including 76/62 medium calibre and 30mm small calibre weapon systems, the anti-torpedo protection system, the Thesan mine avoidance sonar.

MBDA will be supplying the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) with Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles as well as Aster 30 Block 1 and VL MICA air defence missiles.
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[*] posted on 20-3-2018 at 12:26 PM


Steel cutting to begin for Qatar Navy ships in July, delivery in 2021

By: Chirine Mouchantaf   6 hours ago


A model of the corvette for Qatar's Navy at Fincantieri’s booth at DIMDEX on March 14, 2018. (Chirine Mouchantaf/Staff)

DOHA, Qatar ― The first steel cutting of the Qatari Emiri Navy’s corvettes is set to take place in July while the delivery of the first two units ― one corvette and one offshore patrol vessel ― is expected in 2021, according to the vice president of the Qatar program at Fincantieri’s naval vessels business unit.

“We are very excited about the very first steal cutting due later this July. We are currently working on the corvettes design phase and are then planning to enter the OPV’s design phase, [of] which first steel-cutting is due next year,” Davide Traverso said March 14.

In August, Qatar confirmed its order for seven vessels from Italian shipyard Fincantieri, following the signing of a preliminary contract in June 2016. The deal consists of four corvettes, each more than 100 meters in length, two offshore patrol vessels and one landing platform dock.

Following the design phases for the corvettes and the OPVs, the company will focus the LPDs, Traverso said.


For the first time ever, Fincantieri showcased the multirole air defense corvettes for the Navy at DIMDEX held last week in Qatar. (Chirine Mouchantaf/Staff)

“This is the biggest turnkey program we have ever had in terms of export market in the Arab region,” he said. “It is worth $3.8 billion, so our effort is not only focused on the design and construction phases, but also on training activities, integrated logistics support and in-service support up to 10 years.”

The full program ― including MBDA’s coastal defense systems and land-based missile stations ― will cost more than $5 billion.

Although the units are being constructed in Genoa, Italy, the shipyard “will definitely help grow the Qatari naval business by bringing up ship-maintenance infrastructure to the Gulf country,” Traverso noted.

“The program will be a big boost for our shipyards in the naval business area, but I would say the same for Qatar, as we will be staying there for approximately 10 years in order to maintain the naval units,” he added.

For its part part, the Navy is drafting operational requirements and has gotten a team of 10 people, including eight officers, involved.

“There is a very close cooperation between us on the concept and design phases,” Traverso said. “We have a very strong relationship with the Qatari Navy because we feel there is a big design phase for the full fleet, which is putting us in the position to be here in the region for 15 years.”


The corvette design selected by the Navy has a length of 107 meters and a draft of 4.2 meters for a full-load displacement of 3,250 tons. (Chirine Mouchantaf/Staff)

For the first time ever, Fincantieri showcased the multirole air defense corvettes for the Navy at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference held last week in Qatar.

Although the current status of the design is expected to change on a regular basis because of the continuous rearrangement of the electronic equipment and weapon systems, the existing configuration revealed at DIMDEX “won’t change a lot,” Traverso said.

In terms of weapons, the corvettes will be fitted with a 76mm main gun by Leonardo, in addition to Aster 30 surface-to-air missiles and Exocet anti-ship missiles by MBDA. Leonardo is also responsible for the integrated supply of the new naval units’ combat system Athena and main radar system Kronos.

The OPVs will be equipped with MBDA’s ground-based air defense system deploying the MICA fire-and-forget missile and Exocet missiles, as well as Leonardo’s Kronos radar.

The LPD, it will be fitted with MBDA’s Aster 30 missiles and the L-band active electronically scanned array radar.

“This is a very well-equipped fleet,” Traverso said. “Leonardo’s combat system suite, for example, is designed to be very much interoperable on all units of the fleet.”

The corvette design selected by the Navy has a length of 107 meters and a draft of 4.2 meters for a full-load displacement of 3,250 tons. Its maximum speed is set to be 28 knots, and its range 3,500 nautical miles (at 15 knots).

The crew is 112-strong, and the flight deck and hangar are sized for one NH90 helicopter.

To read more defense news from the Middle East in Arabic, visit http://sdarabia.com/.
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[*] posted on 24-4-2018 at 08:57 PM


Navantia to build 5 Avante 2200 Corvettes for Royal Saudi Navy

Posted On Tuesday, 24 April 2018 11:15

Spain and Saudi Arabia inked a Letter of Intent (LoI) to design and build five Avante 2200 corvettes for the Royal Saudi Navy. The deal was signed on April 12, 2018 during the official visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Spain.


Computer rendering of the Avante 2200 corvettes for the Royal Saudi Navy. Saudi Arabian Military Industries image.

Spanish shipbuilding group Navantia and Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to create a joint venture that will manage and localize naval combat systems activity including integration and installation.

The construction of the five Avante 2200 corvettes will be carried out by the Navatia shipyards in Ferrol and Cadiz for five years. SAMI Navantia joint venture will also provide technical support and repairs to the corvettes during their servie life in the Saudi Navy.

Earlier in 2008-2012, Navantia had already built four patrol ships of the project Avante 2200 (POVZEE) for the Navy of Venezuela (Guaiquerí-class). In contrast to the Venezuelan vessels, the Saudi corvettes will be more powerfull and more multirole.

Based on the above rendering, the armament of the Saudi ships will be consist of:

- 2x4 Boeing Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles
- 16x vertical launchers for Raytheon ESSM surface to air missiles
- 1x 76 mm Leonardo Super Rapid naval gun system
- 1x 35mm Rheinmetall Oerlikon Millenium CIWS
- 2x remote weapon stations
- 2x triple 324-mm torpedo launchers.
- 2x CHAFF decoy launchers
- 1x Multi function radar (possibly TRS-3D)
- A hangar and helicopter pad to accommodate a 10-ton class helicopter.

According to the data from Navantia, the total displacement of these corvettes is over 2,500 tons, the length of the hull is 98.9 m. The two diesel power plants will provide a speed of up to 25 knots. The crew will consist of 92 sailors.
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[*] posted on 25-4-2018 at 09:03 PM


That's a hell of a lot of firepower on a relatively small vessel, all too typical of Gulf militaries.



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[*] posted on 19-2-2019 at 01:49 PM


Saudi Agrees Joint Venture with French Firm to Boost Navy

(Source: Agence France Presse; published Feb 17, 2019)

ABU DHABI --- Saudi Arabia's state arms producer and a French government-majority firm signed an agreement Sunday on a joint venture to boost the kingdom's navy, amid calls to halt weapons sales to Riyadh over its role in Yemen.

The memorandum of understanding between Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and France's Naval Group is aimed at providing the oil-rich Gulf state's navy with "state-of-the-art systems", a statement said.

"Through design, construction, and maintenance activities, the joint venture will contribute significantly to further enhancing the capabilities and readiness of our Royal Saudi Naval Forces," SAMI boss Andreas Schwer said.

A spokeswoman for Naval Group -- which is owned by the French state and French multinational giant Thales -- refused to give any more details.

French lawmakers and rights groups have repeatedly called on France's government to suspend all arms deals to Riyadh because of the war in Yemen, where some 10,000 people have been killed since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in 2015.

Riyadh is battling on the side of the internationally-recognised government against Iran-aligned Huthi rebels, in a conflict that has seen all sides accused of potential war crimes.

The US House of Representatives this week voted overwhelmingly to end American involvement in Saudi Arabia's war effort in neighbouring Yemen, dealing a rebuke to President Donald Trump and his alliance with the kingdom.

France, one of the world's biggest arms exporters, has sold equipment to Riyadh and fellow coalition member the UAE -- notably Caesar artillery guns and ammunition, sniper rifles and armoured vehicles.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has been one of the world's top arms buyers for the past several years.

But in 2017, the kingdom's Public Investment Fund set up SAMI to manufacture arms locally with the fund expecting it to become one of the world's top 25 defence companies by 2030.

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[*] posted on 11-6-2019 at 11:08 AM


UAE, Naval Group quietly cut $850 million deal for Gowind ships

By: Christina Mackenzie   3 hours ago


Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, left, greets French President Emmanuel Macron on Nov. 8, 2017, on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital. (Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)

PARIS The United Arab Emirates has discreetly ended 17 months of negotiations by signing a contract estimated to be worth about 750 million (U.S. $850 million) for two Gowind corvettes, with two more as an option, from Frances Naval Group.

The contract was signed March 25 and revealed by Intelligence Online. It was not announced by Naval Group, but its existence has been independently verified by Defense News.

During a visit to the UAE in November 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron, the two nations had officially announced that Abu Dhabi had selected to procure the Gowind corvette. In a joint statement issued at the time, it was specified that the ships will be built by the French high-tech company, Naval Group, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company (ADSB).

The contract is significant for Naval Group, given it has never sold anything to the UAE.

The Gowind corvettes are powered by engines made by Germanys MTU, meaning Berlin could make the contract difficult to honor. The government is not delivering licenses to export military materiel to either Saudi Arabia or the UAE over their involvement in the war in Yemen and the resulting humanitarian crisis there.

The UAEs 2,700-ton corvettes will be equipped with Naval Groups SETIS combat management system, MBDAs Exocet missile and Raytheons Evolved Seasparrow Missile. It was initially announced that Abu Dhabi would procure the Thales Tacticos combat management system.

The Emirates News Agency, WAM, interviewed Naval Group CEO Herv Guillou in February during the IDEX 2019 defense conference in Abu Dhabi, and it quoted him as saying that since the announcement of the deal in 2017, we have been discussing with the UAE authorities to take into account their specific requirements and to provide them with the best answer to their operational need.

According to WAM, the executive also said that in the frame of the program, Naval Group envisions to transfer technologies and know-how to UAE institutions and to the naval ecosystem, thus developing national sovereign capabilities.

He further explained that partnerships would be developed with UAE industries in order to increase its autonomy in the naval and defense fields and to develop together profitable and sustainable businesses.
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[*] posted on 20-11-2019 at 09:51 AM


Navy Cuts Steel on First Multi-Mission Surface Combatant Ship for Saudi Arabia

(Source: US Naval Sea Systems Command; issued Nov 18, 2019)

MARINETTE, Wis. --- A Cut Steel event marked the start of production for the first Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ship on Oct. 24 at Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM). The MMSC is a tailored littoral combat ship variant being built for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the U.S. Navys Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.

Cut Steel symbolically recognizes the initiation of construction efforts for the more than 4,000-metric-ton MMSC. Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and its shipyard partner, FMM, have been working on the MMSC design with the U.S. Navy since 2017. Four MMSC ships will be constructed at FMM, with significant economic benefits expected for the region.

Representatives from the U.S. Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces partners in this international endeavor attended the event. The program manager for the U.S. Navys International Small Combatants Program Office (PMS 525), Todd Tompkins, observed that in this shipyard that has produced so many U.S. Navy Freedom-variant littoral combat ships, the MMSC is the first ship based on an LCS variant to be built for a foreign partner. He added that this event marks the culmination of years of collaboration between our countries.

Also present were representatives from the offices of Wisconsin lawmakers U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher, as well as Wisconsin State Sen. Dave Hansen and Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot.

PMS 525, in the Program Executive Office for Unmanned and Small Combatants, is assigned to lead and manage efforts related to the acquisition of small surface combatants, such as MMSC, for international customers.

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[*] posted on 22-12-2019 at 05:57 PM


Lockheed inks $2 billion contract for Saudi frigate

By: David B. Larter   1 day ago


A rendering of the Saudi Multi-mission surface combatants frigate. (Lockheed Martin)

WASHINGTON The Navy announced Friday that Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.96 billion contract to build four multi-mission surface combatants for Saudi Arabia.

The ships, which are slated to be built at Fincantieris Marinette Marine shipyard in Wisconsin, are derived from the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship design.

The contract announcement was posted on the Defense Departments website Friday night.

The awarded contract includes associated cost-plus-fixed-fee class design and related material and firm-fixed-price integrated data environment, the announcement said.

The contract was awarded as part of the U.S. Navys Foreign Military Sales program. It follows a 2018 $450 million contract for design and long-lead time materials for the frigates.

Capt. Danny Hernandez, spokesman for the Navys head of research, development and acquisition, said deliveries of the MMSC should begin in June 2023.

Selling the MMSC to the Saudis will be a net positive for the Navy and should have minimal impact on Marinettes LCS production, Hernandez said.

The FMS purchase of four MMSC ships by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide additional workload and further stability within the US Navy shipbuilding industrial base, Hernandez said.

"The MMSC ships will be produced at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, WI; the same shipyard that currently constructs the Freedom variant ships of the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Class.

MMSC construction is expected to have minimal impact on LCS production.
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[*] posted on 6-2-2020 at 10:49 AM


New Twist In Gulf States Massive Naval Expansion (excerpt)

(Source: Forbes; published Feb 04, 2020)

By H I Sutton

Qatar may become the first Arab Gulf state to operate submarines. A new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Italian defense giant Fincantieri covers the supply of cutting-edge naval vessels and submarines.

Italy is known to be supplying warships to the Emiri Navy but the inclusion of subs is fresh information. It is significant because it could change the naval balance in the region.

The Qatari submarines may be part of a much larger 5 billion euro deal with Italy which was agreed in 2017. That deal included a large helicopter carrier, called a Landing Platform Dock (LPD), four warships and two patrol boats. It also involves shore support and help with a new offshore naval base.

Submarines are expensive, but the oil rich country can afford to invest in growing its navy. It is sitting on the worlds third-largest natural gas and oil reserves and has the highest per-capita income in the world. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Forbes website.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/hisutton/2020/02/04/qatars-mass...

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