The Qatari Ministry of Defense has launched its fourth Al Zubarah-class vessel, the Sumaysimah, in a ceremony at Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri’s Muggiano shipyard on March 29.
The corvette’s launch was attended by the Qatari Ambassador to Italy Khalid bin Yousef Al-Sada, Brigadier Rashid Al Qashouti, the Chief of Staff Representative of Qatar Armed Forces, Brigadier Ali Ameen, and other high-ranking officials.
About the Sumaysima
Measuring 107 meters (351 feet) long by 14.70 meters (48 feet) wide, the Sumaysima is capable of reaching a maximum speed of 28 knots (52 kilometers/32 miles per hour) and can accommodate up to 112 people.
The vessel is equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant engine.
In August 2017, Qatar announced the order for four Al Zubarah-class, having signed the 5 billion-euro ($5.57 billion) contract in June 2016.
Production on the Sumaysima began in September 2018 at the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano, Italy.
Designed for tasks including surveillance, rescue, and combat, the Al Zubarah-class is a group of corvettes built by the company for the Qatari Emiri Navy.
The Italian shipbuilder showcased the multi-role air defense corvettes for the first time during DIMDEX 2018, a biennial defense exhibition hosted by Qatar.
The first of the Al Zubarah class corvette was launched in September 2020, while trials started in November of the same year. The second vessel was launched in February last year, while the third was launched in September.