Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the Qatar Amiri Navy’s (QEN) newest Al Zubarah-class corvette, Al Khor, at the Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard.

Al Khor is the third of four Al Zubarah-class corvettes being built by Fincantieri under an order placed by the Qatari Ministry of Defence.

As part of Qatar’s naval acquisition programme, the company was awarded a €4bn contract in 2016 to build seven new generation surface vessels.

The vessels include four corvettes, one amphibious landing platform dock, and two offshore patrol vessels.

Al Khor was launched in October last year while the fourth corvette “Semaisma” was launched on 29 March this year.

Designed in line with the Rules for the classification of Naval Ships, the Al Zubarah-class corvettes are about 107m long, 14.70m wide and can accommodate 112 persons.

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The vessels feature a flight deck and hangar to host one NH90 helicopter, are fitted with a combined diesel and diesel plant (CODAD) and can cruise at a maximum speed of 28k.

The Al Zubarah-class corvettes can be deployed to conduct various tasks, ranging from surveillance with sea rescue capacities to fighting vessels, as well as operate high-speed boats, such as a rigid hull inflatable boat.

Separately, the company announced that it will build a new hydro-oceanographic ship (NIOM) for the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute.

The construction contract is valued at €280m. Fincantieri will deliver the ship in 2026.

Fincantieri CEO Pierroberto Folgiero said: “In fact, the vessel must be able to operate with the highest performance in all marine weather conditions.

“This will require the integration of many complex systems, a distinctive capability of a group like ours, which not only builds state-of-the-art platforms such as naval ships but can also rely on the synergy between the naval world and the offshore world in the development of advanced control systems like dynamic positioning.”