Genoa - Fincantieri showcased the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces’ (QENF) forthcoming multi-mission/air defence-capable corvettes, offshore patrol vessels (OPV) and land platform dock (LPD) at the 2018 Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX), the most important defence exhibition in the Middle East.
The QENF’s new corvettes will each have a full load displacement of 3,250 tons. The 107 m warships will be armed with dual quad-cell MBDA Exocet MM40 Block-III anti-ship missiles (AShM), two Marlin 30-mm remote weapon stations, a 76-mm main gun, 16-cell vertical launch system (VLS) for the MBDA Aster-30 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) and a 21-cell Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM).
During DIMDEX, Fincantieri and Barzan Holdings, a company wholly owned by the Qatari Ministry of Defense and responsible for empowering the military capabilities of the national armed force in the state, signed a letter of intent aimed at studying possible forms of cooperation in the coastal defense surveillance sector, through the implementation of new technologies and cutting-edge program management and maintenance services within the Qatari naval programs.
The understanding falls within Fincantieri’s business development strategy in the Middle East. In fact, the company signed an important contract signed with the Qatari Ministry of Defence in June 2016, for a value of almost 4 billion euros, for the construction of seven surface vessels, of which four corvettes of over 100 meters in length, one amphibious vessel (LPD - Landing Platform Dock), and two patrol vessels (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel), as well as support services in Qatar for an additional 10 years after delivery of the vessels.