Fincantieri to supply UAE navy with stealth vessels

22 Jan 2010
Artist impression of the UAE’s navy’s stealth newbuildings

Artist impression of the UAE’s navy’s stealth newbuildings

Fincantieri has gained a further new order from the United Arab Emirates Navy for the construction of two stealth vessels, Falaj 2.

The contract includes an option for a further two sister ships for the UAE Navy and technology transfer from the Italian shipbuilder to a local shipyard. Two of the four vessels will be built at the group’s Italian shipyards, with delivery scheduled in the second half of 2012.

At 55m long and 8.60m wide, the ships will be able to exceed 20 knots and accommodate a crew of 28. Featuring advanced stealth characteristics, these flexible and versatile newbuildings will be suited to carrying out a range of missions from patrol and surveillance operations to self-defence in national and international scenarios.

Today’s order follows the contract announced in August 2009 for the construction of an Abu Dhabi corvette for the UAE. This further order is even more important for Italian industry since the combat system, as for the Abu Dhabi class ship, will be supplied by Selex Sistemi Integrati, a Finmeccanica Company.

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