Fincantieri launched “Al Khor”, the third unit of the class of “Al Zubarah” corvettes, for the Ministry of Defense of Qatar as part of the program that took place today at the Muggiano plant (La Spezia) of national naval acquisition and scheduled for delivery in 2022.
The ceremony, held in a restricted format and in full compliance with anti-covid requirements, was attended by Staff Brigadier General Abdulla Ali Al-Mazroey, Deputy Commander of Qatar Emiri Navy and Commander of Qatar Emiri Navy Flotilla, Division Admiral Giorgio Lazio, Northern Maritime Commander, and Marco Acca, Deputy General Manager of the Military Ships Division of Fincantieri.
The units, designed in accordance with the RINAMIL regulation, will be highly flexible with the ability to perform multiple tasks, ranging from patrolling with sea rescue capabilities to the role of combat ship. About 107 meters long, 14.70 meters wide, they will be equipped with a combined diesel and diesel propulsion system (CODAD), they will be able to reach a maximum speed of 28 knots, accommodating 112 people on board.
The corvettes will also be able to use fast boats such as RHIB ( Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat ), embarking them via a side crane and a ramp located at the extreme stern. The flight deck and hangar will be equipped to accommodate an NH90 helicopter.