Qatar confirmed its order for seven vessels from Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri following the signing of a preliminary contract in June 2016. The deal consists in four air defense corvettes, one amphibious vessel (LPD – Landing Platform Dock acting as mobile radar station for the corvettes), and two patrol vessels (OPV – Offshore Patrol Vessel).
"We have signed a contract on behalf of the Qatari navy to acquire seven warships from Italy for five billion euros (5.9 billion U.S. dollars)," Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said during a press conference with his Italian counterpart Angelino Alfano.
The deal includes support services in Qatar for further 15 years after the delivery of the vessels. All the units will be entirely built in Fincantieri Italian shipyards starting from 2018, ensuring six years of work and an important impact on the main Italian defense companies.
Leonardo will be responsible for the integrated supply of the new naval units’ combat system, main radars and on-board sensors and defence sub-systems, including 76/62 medium caliber and 30mm small caliber weapon systems, the anti-torpedo protection system, the Thesan mine avoidance sonar.
MBDA will be supplying the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces (QENF) with Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missiles as well as Aster 30 Block 1 and VL MICA air defense missiles.
[Source: Navy Recognition]