Edge Group’s naval unit Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) has secured a €1bn contract to construct a fleet of 71m corvettes for the Angolan Navy.

Claimed to be a highly sophisticated vessel, the BR71 MKII corvette comes equipped with advanced mission systems.

These systems comprise 3D radar, electronic warfare suite, secure communications, a main gun, and surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missile systems.

Edge president for Platforms & Systems Khalid Al Breiki said: “Signing a €1bn defence export deal represents a momentous achievement for EDGE as well as ADSB.

“This demonstrates our strategic approach and steadfast commitment to increasing national exports in line with the UAE Leadership’s directive.”

Edge stated that via exporting UAE-manufactured advanced solutions across the world, the company is building local defence industrial base, as well as positioning the UAE as a global player in advanced technology and defence sectors.

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ABSB CEO David Massey said: “At ADSB, we feel a tremendous sense of pride in signing a €1bn export deal. The BR71 MKII corvette is a highly advanced vessel capable of performing multiple missions to secure Angola’s 1600 km coastline.

“We look forward to fulfilling the Angolan Navy’s operational requirements and strengthening their naval capabilities while expanding ADSB’s avenues of growth.”

ADSB operates from a 330,000m2 shipyard in Abu Dhabi.

It constructs corvettes, offshore patrol vessels and fast patrol boats for military customers, as well as for commercial vessels for the oil services industry.

Besides providing a complete range of maintenance, repair and refit, upgrade and conversion, it offers design and engineering consultancy services.

Last month, ADSB began the construction of Falaj 3-class fast patrol vessels (FPVs) for the UAE Navy.