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: 3
General characteristics [1]
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 2,660 tonnes
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)
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
Aircraft carried: 1 x medium helicopter
Aviation facilities: Enclosed hangar

The Khareef class are three corvettes operated by the Royal Navy of Oman. The ships were built by BAE Systems Maritime - Naval Ships at their shipyard in Portsmouth Naval Base, as part of a £400m deal it also included training by VT Group.


The three vessels are capable of:

  • 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 in class[edit]

Photo Ship Hull number[2] Launched Commissioned Status
Portsmouth korvet Al-Shamikh Oman 18-10-2011 15-15-51.png Al-Shamikh Q40 22 July 2009[3] (IA 2013) In active service
Ships in Portsmouth 7.jpg Al-Rahmani Q41 23 July 2010[4] In active service
Royal Navy of Oman corvette Al-Rasikh (Q42) underway in the Arabian Gulf on 6 February 2018 (180206-N-TB177-0896).JPG Al-Rasikh Q42 27 June 2011 In active service


In March 2012 three BAE engineers were injured after a gun misfired[5] during testing off the Dorset coast.


  1. ^ ""БАе системз" начала морские испытания головного корвета типа "Кариф" ВМС Омана". 22 December 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2014. (Russian)
  2. ^ "KHAREEF CLASS". Military Edge. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  3. ^ Al-Shamikh launched,, 22 July 2009 Archived 18 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Al-Rahmani launched,, 23 July 2010 Archived 3 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Whitehead, Tom (18 March 2012). "BAE staff injured in gun test". Telegraph. Retrieved 18 October 2014.

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