Baynunah-class corvette

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Class overview
Builders:

Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (lead ship only)

Abu Dhabi Ship Building
Operators:  United Arab Emirates Navy
Preceded by: Ardhana class patrol craft
Building: 5[1]
Planned: 6
Completed: 1
Active: 0
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 915 tons[2]
Length: 71.3 m (234 ft)
Beam: 11 m (36 ft)
Draft: 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)
Propulsion: 4 × MTU 12V595 TE90 diesel engines
3 × Kamewa Waterjets models 112S11 and 125B11
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: 2,400 nmi (4,400 km; 2,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Endurance: 14 days
Complement: 37 officers and crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
Saab Microwave Systems Sea Giraffe AMB surveillance radar
Terma I-band navigation radar
Selex Orion RTN 25 Fire Control X-band radar
NDS 3070 Vanguard hull-mounted mine and obstacle avoidance sonar
Armament: 1 × OTO Melara 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
2 × Rheinmetall MLG 27 27 mm guns
8 × MBDA MM40 block 3 Exocet missiles
4 × Raytheon MK56 eight-cell vertical launchers for RIM-162 ESSM
1 × mk49 mod3 21-cell RAM launcher for RAM block 1A missile system
Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter deck and hangar
Notes: Cost, as of February 2009, is US$820 million for the entire 6 ship programme.[3]

The Baynunah class are corvettes for the United Arab Emirates Navy. The lead ship is named after the Baynunah region in Abu Dhabi. Six ships are planned for this class. Sea trials are currently underway. Platform and combat systems trials are expected to continue through 2011, after which time the lead ship will be delivered to the UAE Navy.[4]

Description[edit]

This class is based on the CMN Group's Combattante BR70 design.[5] The Baynunah class is designed for "patrol and surveillance, minelaying, interception and other anti-surface warfare operations in the United Arab Emirate's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone."[6]

History[edit]

In 2004, to replace the Ardhana class patrol boat, the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Abu Dhabi Ship Building for the Baynunah class of corvettes.[6] The first was built in France by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie, while the rest are being built in the UAE by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).[4]

The lead ship was launched on June 25, 2009. Sea trials commenced in January 2010.

The fourth ship of the class, the Mezyad was launched by ADSB on 15 February 2012. ADSB hopes to secure further orders for the class from the Saudi and Kuwaiti navies.[7]

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