Italian company Leonardo has delivered the fully upgraded Al Manama naval vessel ahead of schedule to the Royal Bahrain Navy during a ceremony at the Mina Salman Naval Base.
Al Manama represents the first of six upgraded ships that are slated to be delivered by the company to the Bahrain Navy.
Leonardo received the original contract for the vessels’ modernisation from the Royal Bahrain Naval Force in 2015. The deal was valued at more than €50m.
The scope of the project includes the integration of new weapon control systems, in addition to the provision of training and logistics services.
The upgrade works on all six vessels are slated to be completed within the next five years.
Al Manama was first commissioned in 1987 and is capable of carrying out anti-surface and electronic warfare operations, as well as maritime patrol and surveillance missions, reported UPI.
Leonardo previously completed upgrade works on-board corvettes, offshore patrol vessels and frigates in Bahrain, as well as other countries across the Gulf region.
The company has delivered fully integrated solutions and warfare systems for the land sector, in addition to carrying out cost-effective overhaul programmes.
Leonardo has also delivered latest and advanced air-traffic control radar systems in Bahrain in order to improve the safety and efficiency of the country’s national airspace management.