Keel laid for first Qatar Doha-class corvette
Fincantieri has laid the keel for the Qatar Navy’s first Doha-class corvette at its Muggiano shipyard, the company announced on 27 November.
The 107m corvette has a width of 14.7m and a maximum speed of 28 knots. The vessel is equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant and can accommodate 112 people onboard, including 98 crew members. It is designed for a wide range of tasks, from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to operating as a combat vessel.
The vessel is capable of operating high-speed boats such as rigid hull inflatable boats via lateral cranes or a hauling ramp located at the far stern. It features a flight deck and hangar that is capable of accommodating one NH90 helicopter.
The vessel will be delivered to the Qatar Navy in 2021.
Fincantieri is building the vessel under a €4 billion contract signed with the Qatar Ministry of Defence in 2016. The contract covers a total of seven surface vessels, including four corvettes, one amphibious vessel landing platform dock and two OPVs.
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