Within the framework of the agreement between the Italian and Qatari governments for the Qatar Navy modernisation plan,Leonardo-Finmeccanica will supply Fincantieri with the latest generation of naval systems and sensors for the 7 new ships to be supplied to the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces. The 7 units – including 4 corvettes, 1 Landing Platform Deck and 2 Off-shore Patrol Vessel – are to be deployed for maritime surveillance and patrolling duties in territorial waters and in the exclusive economic zone.
Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo-Finmeccanica, said: “The degree of excellence reached by our offering has achieved another, significant success for which the value is twofold. On one hand, it has been chosen in a geographical area of exceptional strategic value, in terms of business opportunities and fostering partnerships – on the other, it strengthens our position on international markets, highlighting how customers understand the value of our technological offering in the naval sector.The agreement is a sign of the great effort of institutions, and in particular of the Minister of Defence Roberta Pinotti, and strengthens our cooperation with Fincantieri, as a testament to the ability of Italian industry.”
Leonardo will be responsible for the integrated supply of the new naval units’ combat system, main radarsand on-board sensors and defence sub-systems, including 76/62 medium calibre and 30mm small calibre weapon systems, the anti-torpedo protection system, the Thesan mine avoidance sonar and, in cooperation with MBDA, the missile system. The supply also includes long-term, integrated logistics support activities.
The company has been cooperating with Qatar for over 20 years, supplying the air traffic control and management system of the new Doha international airport, helicopters both for civil and military applications, defence systems for the safety of territorial waters. Furthermore, the contract signed in 2015 for the supply of the radar system for air surveillance and defence to Qatar’s Armed Forces has recently come into effect.