Qatar has received the fourth Al Zubarah-class corvette from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri at the company’s Muggiano shipyard.
The “Semaisma” is the final corvette delivered under a $4.3 billion contract signed in 2016 for seven different surface vehicles.
Alongside the corvettes, Qatar will receive two 63-meter (206-foot) Musherib-class offshore vessels and a 143-meter (470-foot) amphibious landing platform.
The Al Zubarah Class
Also called the Doha class, the Al Zubarah vessels have a length of 107 meters (351 feet) and are integrated with combined diesel and diesel propulsion system for a maximum speed of 28 knots (52 kilometers/32 miles per hour).
An Al Zubarah corvette can carry more than 100 personnel and deploy high-speed crafts such as rigid hull inflatable boats that haul ramps and lateral cranes.
The ship’s hangar and flight deck can accommodate one NH90 multirole helicopter.
The Al Zubarah-class is equipped with advanced radars, defense sub-systems, and onboard sensors.
Furthermore, the fleet is armed with 70-millimeter Melara naval guns, anti-torpedoes, Thesan mine countermeasures sonar, Exocet anti-ship missiles, Aster surface-to-air missiles, and RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles.
The #delivery of the corvette #Semaisma, the fourth of the Al Zubarah-class ordered to #Fincantieri by the Qatari Ministry of Defence within the national naval acquisition program, took place today at the #Muggiano shipyard.#FiNews pic.twitter.com/TrTNucthYX
— Fincantieri (@Fincantieri) May 16, 2023