Baynunah-class corvette

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Baynunah-class corvette Al Dhafra P-173 at NAVDEX.JPG
Baynunah-class corvette Al Dhafra P-173 at NAVDEX, February 2015
Class overview
Operators:  United Arab Emirates Navy
Preceded by: Ardhana class patrol craft
Planned: 6
Completed: 6
Active: 6
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 915 tons[1]
Length: 71.3 m (234 ft)
Beam: 11 m (36 ft)
Draft: 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in)
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
Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter deck and hangar
Notes: Cost, 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. 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.[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 boat, the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Defence awarded a contract to Abu Dhabi Ship Building for the Baynunah class of corvettes.[5] 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).[3]

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

The fourth ship of the class, the 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, the Al-Hili was launched on 6 February 2014.[7]

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

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  2. ^ Jane's 2009 IDEX Article
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  5. ^ a b[unreliable source?]
  6. ^ Black, David (16 February 2012). "Warships made in Abu Dhabi to be sold abroad". The National via
  7. ^ Binnie, Jeremy (2014-02-06). "UAE's final Baynunah launched". IHS Jane 360. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  8. ^ Pollak, Nedav. Knights, Michael. Gulf Coalition Operations in Yemen (Part 3): Maritime and Aerial Blockade. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Published 26 March 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.

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