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25 October 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:56 GMT+1

September 18, 2020

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Fincantieri launches first patrol boat for Qatar

It is part of a contract for seven ships worth almost four billion euros

Today at the shipyard of Muggiano (La Spezia) of the group Fincantieri was the technical launch of the patrol boat (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel) Musherib, first unit of the class of the same name commissioned to the naval group by the Qatar's Ministry of Defence as part of the national naval acquisition. The launch, which took place in a private and in full compliance with all applicable health prescriptions, it is preceded by the cut of the first sheet of the unit Sumaysimah,the fourth corvette of the same program.

The MusheribOPV, which will be delivered in 2022, is designed in accordance with the RINAMIL for Fast Patrol Regulation Vessel (FPV) and will be a highly flexible unit with ability to perform multiple tasks ranging from patrolling, to the role of fighter ship. The unit has a 63 metres long, a width of 9.2 metres, a 30 knots, and can accommodate on board 38 crew. The propulsion system includes four variable-pitch propellers, two starboards and two on the left, each in line with a diesel propulsion engine. In addition, the unit rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB), boarded through a stern crane.

The contract, which for Fincantieri is worth almost four billion eur, provides for the supply of seven surface ships, of which four corvettes over 100 metres long, one ship Amphibious (LPD - Landing Platform Dock), two patrolers (OPV - Offshore Patrol Vessel) and support services in Qatar 10 years after the delivery of the units. All units are built entirely on Italian shipyards group, ensuring continuity of work and continuity until 2024 a major impact on major defence companies Italian.

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