Al-Rahmani, outbound from Portsmouth Naval Base June 2013.
|Builders:||BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Corvette|
|Length:||99 m (325 ft)|
|Beam:||14.6 m (48 ft)|
|Draught:||4.1 m (13 ft)|
|Propulsion:||Two MTU diesel engines|
|Speed:||28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
|Range:||4,500 nmi (8,300 km; 5,200 mi)|
|SMART-S Mk2 3D S-band multibeam radar
TACTICOS combat management system
|Armament:||1 x 76mm Oto Melara Cannon
MBDA VL Mica SAM
|Aircraft carried:||1 x medium helicopter|
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 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
|Ship||Date Launched||Date Commissioned||Notes|
|Al-Shamikh||22 July 2009||(IA 2013)||(Sea trials 2010)|
|Al-Rahmani||23 July 2010||(Sea trials 2011)|
|Al-Rasikh||27 June 2011||(Sea trials 2013)|
Al Rahmani departing Portsmouth Naval Base 27 June 2013 flying the Red Ensign.
Al Rahmani departing Portsmouth Naval Base 27 June 2013 on builder's trials.
Al Shamikh at Portsmouth Naval Base December 2011.