The Royal Saudi Arabian Navy has taken delivery of the second and third batches of the Speed Interceptor Boats HSI32.

The vessels were delivered as a part of a joint framework agreement between Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of France for military manufacture and cooperation.

The Saudi Navy and French shipbuilding company Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN) signed an agreement for the manufacture of high-speed interceptor boats HSI32.

These are partly manufactured in France and in the plants in Saudi Arabia under technology transfer.

The vessels were received by Royal Saudi Navy commander lieutenant general Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili.

They are expected to boost the naval forces’ readiness in a bid to increase the maritime security and to safeguard the vital and strategic interests of the country.

CMN is also under contract to construct three La Combattante FS 56 large missile boats for the Royal Saudi Navy. These boats feature stealth and interception capabilities.

As part of its naval fleet modernisation efforts, the Royal Saudi Navy also awarded or signed contracts with other manufacturers.

In November last year, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) cut the first steel on the first Multi-Mission Surface Combatant (MMSC) ship for Saudi Arabia.

FMM is building the MMSC under the US Navy’s foreign military sales (FMS) programme.

In October, SAMI Navantia Naval Industries (SAMINavantia) laid keel on the first Avante 2200 corvette for the Royal Saudi Navy.

In September, Saudi Arabia joined the maritime military coalition led by the US to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf region.