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GDA 2017: Lurssen highlights shipbuilding capabilities (video)

13th December 2017 - 08:00 GMT | by Richard Thomas in Kuwait

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Fresh from what some perceived as an unlikely victory in the Australian Sea 1180 programme, German ship designer and builder Lurssen arrived at Gulf Defence and Aerospace in Kuwait keen to highlight its industrial capabilities. 

With legacy programmes for the Kuwait Navy Force still being supported by the company, Lurssen has attended each iteration of the show. Speaking to Shephard, Jörg Ahrens, Middle East sales director, said that the company was also looking to future in-country prospects.

The Kuwaiti's current missile boats Al Sanbouk and Istiqlal, which went into Kuwait Naval Force service in the 1980s, are based on the Lurssen TNC 45 and FPB 57 design respectively.

The 58m Istiqlal has a displacement of around 417t and can reach speeds of 36kt, according to the manufacturer. Typical roles include ASuW, ASW and littoral maritime patrol operations.

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