Khareef-class corvette

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Al-Rahmani, outbound from Portsmouth Naval Base June 2013.
Class overview
Name: Khareef-class
Builders: BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships
Operators:  Oman
Planned: 3
Completed: 3
Active: 2
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Corvette
Displacement: 2,660 tonnes
Length: 99 m (325 ft)
Beam: 14.6 m (48 ft)
Draught: 4.1 m (13 ft)
Decks: 6
Propulsion: Two MTU diesel engines
Speed: 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi)
Endurance: 21 days
Complement: 100
Sensors and
processing systems:
SMART-S Mk2 3D S-band multibeam radar

TACTICOS combat management system

Thales Nederland Sting electro-optic weapons director
Armament: 1 x 76mm Oto Melara Cannon

2 x 30mm MSI DS30M 30mm cannon
8 x MM-40 Block III Exocet SSM

12 x MBDA VL Mica SAM
Aircraft carried: 1 x medium helicopter

The Khareef class are three Corvettes currently under construction for the Royal Navy of Oman.

The ships are being built by BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships at their Shipyard in Portsmouth Naval Base, as part of a £400m deal which will also include training by VT Group. In March 2012 three BAE engineers were injured after the gun misfired[2] during testing off the Dorset coast.


The three vessels will be capable for:-

  • Protection of maritime areas of interest including EEZ
  • Extended surveillance patrols
  • Deterrent operations during times of tension
  • Fully interoperable with joint and coalition operations
  • Special operations
  • Search and rescue
  • Maritime disaster relief operations

Ships of class[edit]

Ship Date Launched Date Commissioned Notes
Al-Shamikh 22 July 2009[3] (IA 2013) (Sea trials 2010)
Al-Rahmani 23 July 2010[4] (Sea trials 2011)
Al-Rasikh 27 June 2011 (Sea trials 2013)


Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ ""БАе системз" начала морские испытания головного корвета типа "Кариф" ВМС Омана". 22 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2014.  (Russian)
  2. ^ Whitehead, Tom (18 March 2012). "BAE staff injured in gun test". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ [2][dead link]

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