Baynunah Class Corvette

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Baynunah Class Corvette
The Baynunah class are corvettes for the United Arab Emirates' Navy. The lead ship is named after the Baynunah region in Abu Dhabi. Six ships are planned for this class. Sea trials are currently underway. Platform and combat systems trials are expected to continue through 2011, after which time the lead ship will be delivered to the UAE Navy.

This class is based on the CMN Group's Combattante BR70 design. The Baynunah class is designed for "patrol and surveillance, minelaying, interception and other anti-surface warfare operations in the United Arab Emirate's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone."

Baynunah Class Corvette
Builders: Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (lead ship only)
Abu Dhabi Ship Building
Operators: United Arab Emirates Navy
Preceded by: Ardhana class patrol craft
Building: 5
Planned: 6
Completed: 1
Active: 0
General characteristics
Type: Corvette
Displacement: 915 tons
Length: 71.3m
Beam: 11m
Draft: 2.8m
Propulsion: 4 x MTU 12V595 TE90 diesel engines
3 x Kamewa Waterjets models 112S11 and 125B11
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: 2,400nm at 15kt
Endurance: 14 days
Complement: 37 officers and crew
Sensors and
processing systems:
Saab Microwave Systems Sea Giraffe AMB surveillance radar
Terma I-band navigation radar
Selex Orion RTN 25 Fire Control X-band radar
NDS 3070 Vanguard hull-mounted mine and obstacle avoidance sonar
Armament: 1 x OTO Melara 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
2 x Rheinmetall MLG 27 27 mm guns
8 x MBDA MM40 block 3 Exocet missiles
4 x Raytheon MK56 eight-cell vertical launchers for RIM-162 ESSM
1 x mk49 mod3 21-cell RAM launcher for RAM block 1A missile system
Aviation facilities: Aft helicopter deck and hangar
Notes: Cost, as of February 2009, is US$820 million for the entire 6 ship programme.

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