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Italy marches on with Qatari ships while Algerian naval deal progresses

24th January 2023 - 16:00 GMT | by Harry Lye in London

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Al Fulk pictured at Fincantieri's Palermo plant. (Photo: Fincantieri)

Fincantieri will have delivered new corvettes, OPVs and an LPD to Qatar by 2024.

Fincantieri has launched Al Fulk, a new LPD it is building for Qatar.

The 143m vessel can accommodate 550 people and features two driveway ramps and a floodable internal basin for launching landing craft.

The launch continues Qatar and Italy’s defence relationship, with Fincantieri building many ships for Doha, including the LPD, two OPVs and four corvettes.

The LPD’s keel was laid on 17 May 2022 at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard.

The ship is a variant of the company’s Enhanced San Giusto-class LPD and will feature a Leonardo L-band Kronos Power Shield radar.

Shephard Defence Insight estimates the unit

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