The efficiency of the construction and the fulfillment of the contract terms for the supply of 5 corvettes for the Royal Navy of Saudi Arabia is an important advantage for the positioning of Navantia with regard to the contract to operate two amphibious ships and eight landing craft from these. chosen by Navantia alongside other marine multinationals.
The keel laying of the fifth and final unit took place on April 15th at the San Fernando shipyard (Cádiz). This ship, which is based on the design of the Navantia Avante 2200, is named “Unayzah” in honor of a city in Saudi Arabia, as was the case with the other four units. During the non-public keel act, the so-called block 401, which corresponds to one of the engine room blocks, was placed on level 2 of this shipyard in the island city.
There are currently three floating corvettes (Al-Jubail, which give the class the name Al Diriyah and Hagel) docked in various phases of construction at the docks of the naval factory in Cadiz. At a different stand in the assembly phase is the future “Jazan”, which, if the forecasts are met, will be launched next July; during the ?? Unayzah ?? It would be delivered in 2024, closing this important contract.
The Spanish company has integrated a large part of its systems into this design of corvettes of the latest generation, such as the CATIZ combat system, the export variant of the combat system for naval ships (SCOMBA) developed for the Navy. Spanish. They will also carry DORNA’s optronic radial fire direction, the integrated platform control system and the integrated MINERVA bridge.
In terms of communication, the HERMESYS system is assembled, it also includes other foreign constructions, although Navantia built it under license in Spain, such as the German engines from MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH; which are being built in Cartagena (Murcia); and the Renk gearboxes at the Ferrol plant (La Coruña), although the weapon system is provided by other suppliers. (Julio Maíz Sanz)
Photography: relocation of the first block of the future corvette ?? Unayzah ?? for Saudi Arabia in San Fernando (Cádiz). (Photo Navantia)
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