Fincantieri has launched Qatari Emiri Navy’s (QEN) fourth and last Al Zubarah-class corvette, Sumaysimah, at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard in Italy.
A ceremony was held to mark the launch of the vessel, which was attended by Qatar’s Italian ambassador Khalid Bin Yousef Al-Sada and other dignitaries.
The construction of the Al Zubarah-class corvettes is part of the Qatari Ministry of Defence’s national naval acquisition programme.
Awarded in 2016, the contract required Fincantieri to deliver an amphibious landing platform dock, four corvettes and two offshore patrol vessels (OPV).
According to the company, the design of Al Zubarah-class corvettes adheres to the rules for the classification of naval ships (RINAMIL rules).
The corvette can perform different naval tasks, including surveillance, sea rescue and fighting with the enemy vessels.
The 107m-long, 14.70m-wide Sumaysimah is equipped with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD), which provides a maximum speed of 28k.
The corvette has a spacious flight deck and hangar that can host an NH90 helicopter.
It can accommodate up to 112 people on board.
Sumaysimah also features multi-function radars, obstacle and mine avoidance sonar, satellite communication and an integrated communications system.
The Al Zubarah-class corvettes are also capable of operating high-speed boats, including a rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB), using a hauling ramp or lateral cranes located at a far stern.
In September 2021, the company launched the QEN’s third Al Zubarah-class corvette Al Khor.