Para los Italianos, este contrato significa el mas jugoso jamas obtenido de exportacion,
aunque ya han realizado algunos Buques para otros paises.
El mas pesado de 9,000 tons LHD entregado a Argelia, ahora sera repetido con adiciones
de acuerdo a la solicitud del Gobierno de Qatar, y donde comprende ademas de l
LHD, 4 Corbetas de 100 mts, (a EAU le habia entregado 2 corbetas de 88 mts), asi como
2 patrullas costeras para operaciones en el Golfo Persico.
De los equipos relevantes aunque no son favorecidos los Italianos, son un contrato
de Fragatas Fremm con Francia al igual que 30 misiles exocet para sus unidades por
iniciarse su fabricacion.
Con esta operacion que es su primera fase de QATAR, se rompe el hielo en Italia,
y se confirmara su garantia de Gobierno a Gobierno. (por fin el Gobierno de Italia
se pone docil a la gestoria de sus militares en forma de exportacion!!!!).
Italy Lands Largest-Ever Naval Export Deal from Qatar
Tom Kington, Defense News 9:23 a.m. EDT June 17, 2016
Qatar signed a contract Thursday worth €3.8 billion, or $4.28 billion, to buy seven naval vessels from Italy’s Fincantieri shipyard as part of Italy’s largest ever naval export deal.
The Gulf nation also signed a pre-contract agreement, or “Letter of Award” with European missile house MBDA to supply Exocet and Aster 30 missiles worth €1 billion to equip the vessels, with a contract to follow “within weeks,” Italian officials said.
Qatari naval officials applauded the signing of the deal, held in Rome by Fincantieri Chief Executive Giuseppe Bono and Qatari naval commander Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi.
Qatar is acquiring four corvettes, one landing platform dock and two offshore patrol vessels, with a six-year construction program due to start at Fincantieri’s Italian yards in 2018.
The corvettes will be over 100 meters long and displace 3,000 tonnes, or 6.61 million pounds, officials said, while the OPV vessels will be 60 meters long and weigh in at 700 tonnes. The largest vessel in the order, the landing platform dock, will be modeled after the LPD Fincantieri delivered to Algeria, albeit with “enhancements”, a source knowledgeable of the deal said.
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Delivered to Algeria in 2014, the Kalaat Béni Abbès is 143 meters long and displaces 9,000 tonnes.
Italian firm Leonardo-Finmeccanica will provide combat systems for all the vessels and take a third share of thecontract, said Lorenzo Mariani, the managing director of the firm’s Land and Naval Defense Electronics Division.
The radar to be installed on the corvettes will be based on the multi-functional radar the firm has previously built for Italy’s FREMM frigates, he said.
The firm’s Oto Melara 76mm cannons will be provided, as well as 30mm small caliber weapon systems, an anti-torpedo protection system and the Thesan mine avoidance sonar.
A second source knowledgeable of the deal said the platforms were worth 30 to 35 percent of the value of the contract, while propulsion systems would be worth 20 to 25 percent of the value. Built into the contract is 15 years of logistic support.
The industrial deal signed on Thursday was matched by a government-to-government agreement signed by Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti and Qatar’s defense minister, Khalid Bin Muhammad Al- Attiyah.
Italy’s defense industry has long bemoaned a lack of export campaign support from the Italian government, but defense ministry officials have recently begun to offer key backing to industry, notably in the recent deal to sell Eurofighters to Kuwait.
Italian defense minister Pinotti said on Thursday after the signing that government to government talks over the naval deal with Qatar had been instrumental in arranging for the training of Qatari personnel with the Italian navy.
“The fact we have signed a government to government accord is a guarantee,” she said.
Pinotti hailed the deal as Italy’s biggest ever naval export.
“Credit goes to the Italian MoD for supporting Fincantieri with arrangements for training on board Italian navy ships,” said the source.
Pinotti said that Italy’s recent decision to spend 5.4 billion euros on a series of new vessels for the Italian Navy had also acted as a shop window for the nation’s naval capability.
The second source said a key player in talks was Italian Navy admiral Valter Girardelli, who was appointed head of the cabinet at the Italian ministry of defense last year. On June 22 Girardelli will take over as chief of the Italian Navy, replacing outgoing chief Admiral Giuseppe De Giorgi.
The agreement with Qatar follows keen attempts by France to head off the deal and convince Qatar to purchase French FREMM frigates instead of the Italian vessels.
Pinotti was on the verge of signing the agreement with Qatar in March at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX), only for the ceremony to be postponed after France lobbied Qatar to consider buying its frigates.
On Thursday, Pinotti said the deal had been put together rapidly, which may have accounted for conflicting and shifting information emerging about the contract in the last week, with some sources talking of 50 meter, rather than 100 meter corvettes and others talking of five ships being ordered, not seven.
SPECS FOR THE LHD SHIP:
- MBDA SAAM-ESD (Aster missiles + A50 launcher Sylver) behind the island superstructure
- 1x OTO Melara Super Rapid76-mm/62 at the bow
- 2x 25mm remote weapon stations
The electronic suite includes Selex Sistemi Integrati EMPAR + AESA radar of CICS Athena-C + navigation radar and flight control by -gosopoznavaniya SIR + Communication system supplied by Selex Elsag + EW systems produced by Elettronica and Thales + two SCLAR-H decoy launchers
This new amphibious vessel can accommodate 3 Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) + 3 small Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP) + 1 large Landing Craft Personnel (LCP) + 2 semi-rigid boats. The hangar can accommodate up to 15 armored vehicles.
The crew will consist in 150 sailors while the ship may accomodate a landing force of 440 soldiers.
-Total displacement = 9000 tons
-Length = 142.9 meters
-Width = 21.5 meters
-Flight deck with two runways and landing pads for heavy-lift helicopters in the extremities and 30-ton lift in the central part of the deck
-The power plant includes two diesel engines Wärtsilä 12V32 rated at 6000 kW
-The maximum speed = 20 knots
-Cruising range = 11,265 km
-Generation of electricity will be provided by four diesel generators Isotta Fraschini V1716 C2ME capacity of 1300 kW and one emergency V1708 T3 of 600 kW