Dearsan Shipyard, Qatar Naval Force Ink 2 Fast Attack Craft Deal

Dearsan Shipyard Qatar Naval Force lnk 2 Fast Attack Craft Deal

During the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition on March 5, 2024, a significant contract signing took place between Dearsan Shipyard and the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces (QENF). The contract involves the design and construction of two 50-meter Fast Attack Crafts (FAC 50), representing a crucial development in maritime defense capabilities.

Advanced Capabilities of the Fast Attack Crafts

The 50-meter Fast Attack Craft (FAC 50) is a technologically advanced vessel tailored to meet the specific operational requirements of the Qatari Emiri Naval Force. These crafts are designed for a wide range of missions, including asymmetric warfare, territorial waters protection, anti-piracy operations, reconnaissance, surveillance, search and rescue missions, disaster relief operations, border control, and base security. Equipped with sophisticated weapon systems for surface, air defense, and asymmetric warfare, these crafts are versatile and highly effective in diverse operational environments.

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Technical Specifications and Features

The FAC 50 boasts impressive technical specifications, including a length of 50.70 meters, a beam of 9.2 meters, and a draught of approximately 2 meters. Constructed with a steel hull and an aluminum alloy superstructure, these crafts are designed for optimal performance and durability. Powered by three MAN 20V175D-ML+ high-speed diesel engines, each delivering 4,400 kW power, and equipped with waterjets, the FAC 50 can achieve a maximum speed of 36+ knots and has an endurance of 1,000 nautical miles at economical speed. The crafts accommodate a crew of 33 persons and feature advanced propulsion, navigation, and communication systems.

Weapon Systems and Sensor Suite

The FAC 50 is armed with indigenous weapons and sensors, including Roketsan-made ÇAKIR missiles for anti-surface warfare, Sungur missiles for anti-air warfare, two Aselsan-STAMP remote weapon stations, and two 12.7 man-operated machine guns. The crafts also feature a range of advanced sensors, such as the MAR-D multi-beam 3D air and surface surveillance radar, Denizgözü Ahtapot-S electro-optical surveillance and tracking system, and Aselsan anti-air decoy launchers, ensuring comprehensive situational awareness and operational effectiveness.

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