Baynunah-class corvette

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Baynunah-class corvette Al Dhafra P-173 at NAVDEX.JPG
Baynunah-class corvette Al Dhafra at NAVDEX, February 2015
Class overview
Operators United Arab Emirates Navy
Preceded byArdhana-class patrol craft
General characteristics
Displacement915 tons[1]
Length71.3 m (233 ft 11 in)
Beam11 m (36 ft 1 in)
Draft2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)
Speed30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)+
Range2,400 nmi (4,400 km; 2,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Endurance14 days
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
Aviation facilitiesAft helicopter deck and hangar
NotesCost, as of February 2009, is US$820 million for the entire 6 ship programme.[2]

The Baynunah class are corvettes for the United Arab Emirates Navy (UAE Navy). The lead ship, Baynunah, is named after the Baynunah region in Abu Dhabi. Six ships are planned for this class at a total price of US$820 million. 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.[3]


This class is based on the CMN Group's Combattante BR70 design.[4] 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."[5]


In 2004, to replace the Ardhana-class patrol craft, the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Abu Dhabi Ship Building for the Baynunah class.[5] The lead ship, Baynunah, was built in France by Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie, while the rest are being built in the UAE by Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB).[3]

The lead ship was launched on 25 June 2009[citation needed]. Sea trials commenced in January 2010..[citation needed]

The fourth ship of the class, Mezyad, was launched by ADSB on 15 February 2012.[citation needed] ADSB hopes to secure further orders for the class from the Saudi and Kuwaiti navies (but Saudi and Kuwaiti are not interested anymore).[6]

The last ship, Al-Hili, was launched on 6 February 2014.[7]

During the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in the Yemeni Civil War, a number of the class took part in a naval blockade of Yemen.[8]


Number Pennant No Name Builder Launched Commissioned Status
1 P171 Baynunah CMN, Cherbourg 25 June 2009 2011 In Service
2 P172 Al Hesen ADSB, Abu Dhabi 2010 2012 In Service[9]
3 P173 Al Dhafra ADSB, Abu Dhabi April 2011 24 December 2013 In Service[9]
4 P174 Mezyad ADSB, Abu Dhabi 15 February 2012 2014 In Service[10]
5 P175 Al Jahili ADSB, Abu Dhabi 2013 April 2015 In Service[11]
6 P176 Al Hili ADSB, Abu Dhabi 6 February 2014 20 February 2017 In Service[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pape, Alex (24 August 2009). "In a class of their own: new corvettes take centre stage". Jane's News. IHS Global. Archived from the original on 13 September 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ Scott, Richard (22 February 2009). "Baynunah corvette on the launchpad". IDEX 2009. Jane's Information Group. Archived from the original on 2 April 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "UAE awaits in expectation as Baynunah corvette commences sea trials". Jane's Naval News. IHS Global. 12 February 2010. Archived from the original on 25 February 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Combattante BR70". CMN Group. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Baynunah Class Corvettes". Verdict Media. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  6. ^ Black, David (16 February 2012). "Warships made in Abu Dhabi to be sold abroad". The National. Abu Dhabi Media. Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
  7. ^ Binnie, Jeremy (6 February 2014). "UAE's final Baynunah launched". IHS Jane's 360. IHS. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  8. ^ Pollak, Nedav & Knights, Michael (26 March 2016). "Gulf Coalition Operations in Yemen (Part 3): Maritime and Aerial Blockade". The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b "ADSB launches third naval ship". Khaleej Times. 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  10. ^ "Fourth vessel made in UAE joins Navy". Khaleej Times. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  11. ^ "ADSB seeks new deals at defence show". Khaleej Times. 2015-02-24. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  12. ^ "United Arab Emirates Navy - Patrol boats of United Arab Emirates Navy". Retrieved 2021-09-28.

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