The second stealth patrol vessel for the UAE Navy, Qarnen, has been launched by the Fincantieri shipyard as a part of its Falaj 2-class programme.
The UAE Navy had signed a contract with Fincantieri in January 2010 for construction of the two ships, which includes an option for two additional vessels, along with transfer of technology to a local shipyard.
Under the contract, Finmeccanica will integrate the combat systems and a full stealth version of the Oto Melara 76/62 super rapid naval gun into the Falaj 2-class stealth patrol vessels.
In addition to providing secure IPN-S command and control systems, Selex Sistemi Integrati will supply NA 30S fire-control systems, as well as KRONOS 3D and SIR-M secondary radar systems.
As part of the deal, SELEX Communications will supply communications systems, such as voice component in HF and V/UHF frequencies, and the data and messaging component for the frigates.
Capable of carrying a crew of 28, the Falaj 2-class patrol boats are 55m-long, 8.6m-wide and can cruise at a maximum speed of 20k.
The vessel's stealth structure makes it difficult to track and its flexible design enables it to carry out a range of missions, including patrol, surveillance and control operations, and self-defence from air and surface threats.
With high standards of accommodation and safety in both domestic and international waters, the Falaj 2 vessels also feature turret of either 57mm or 76mm, two small cannons, teleoperated anti-ship missiles, a surface-to-air, short-range missile system and decoy launchers.
Both the vessels will be delivered between the end of this year and early part of 2013.