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Monday, September 21, 2020 

The technical launch of the first-in-class Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) 'Musherib', ordered by the Qatari Ministry of Defence, has taken place at Fincantieri's Muggiano (La Spezia) shipyard, following first steel cutting for the corvette 'Sumaysimah', fourth in the same programme.

OPV Musherib, due to be delivered in 2022, and designed to comply with the RINA MIL Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) rules, will be a flexible type of ship capable of performing several services, from surveillance to combat functions. It is about 63m long, 9.2m wide, with a maximum speed of 30 knots and will  accommodate up to 38 crew. The propulsion system employs four CP propellers, two to starboard and two to the left, each driven by a diesel propulsion engine. The vessel will be capable of operating a RHIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat) through a crane located at the stern.

The contract,  valued at almost €4bn, envisages the supply of seven surface vessels, including four corvettes, one amphibious vessel (LPD - Landing Platform Dock), and two OPVs as well as support services in Qatar for a further 10 years following delivery of the vessels. All are entirely built in the Group’s Italian shipyards, ensuring continuity to their activities until 2024 as well as providing work for other major Italian defence contractors.

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