Emirates classification society Tasneef has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin to issue classification certificates and carry out inspections for its new military naval vessel.
The classification society has already commenced the inspection and assessment process for the vessel design, with the assessment expected to be completed within six months.
Tasneef CEO Engineer Rashed AlHebsi said: "Lockheed signing an agreement with Tasneef is considered a recognition of our level of competence and expertise; this agreement places us at the level of other maritime classification authorities that despite being in the market far longer than we have, some of which are still unable to provide these advanced technical services".
Tasneef performs inspections to make sure that the design meets its requirements and the standards of international conventions.
According to Tasneef marketing and commercial director Waleed Al Nahdi, the US firm will receive two types of certificates.
Lockheed will receive classification and specification inspection certificates, as well as a second certificate, which will confirm that the new design meets the specifications and international conventions of maritime shipbuilding.
Al Nahdi was said: "Upon completion of this mission, and modifying the design by Lockheed Martin in accordance with our observations, the company will promote and market the new naval vessel as an added value offered by them and classified by Tasneef.
"That presents us as a quality label that enhances the competitiveness of the ships certified by us upon entry to the Gulf and Arab world market."
After receiving the remarks and recommendations presented by the Tasneef team, Lockheed will review its design.