20 September 2014
A model of the Al-Ofouq-class patrol ship for the RNO (photo : Jane's)
Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine has launched the Royal Navy of Oman's (RNO's) third Al-Ofouq-class patrol ship, a company official confirmed to IHS Jane's .
Replacing the Dhofar class, the as yet unnamed 75 m vessel will be part of the RNO's effort to bolster Oman's offshore patrol capability.
The vessel is derived from ST Marine's proprietary Fearless-75 design and was launched at its facilities in Benoi, Singapore on 17 September.
In April 2012, ST Marine beat Dutch company Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding and India's Goa Shipyard to clinch the four-ship, SGD880 million (USD703 million) contract on offer by the Omani Ministry of Defence.
The Al-Ofouq class displaces approximately 1,100 tonnes and accommodates a crew of about 60. With a top speed of 27 kt, it can attain a standard range of 3,000 n miles at 16 kt. The vessels will likely be armed with the Oto Melara 76 mm Super Rapid system as a primary gun.
In July 2012, IHS Jane's reported that Thales Nederland was awarded a contract to equip the vessels with its TACTICOS combat management system, the Variant surveillance radar, the STIR 1.2 EO Mk 2 radar/electro-optical tracking system, and the Vigile electronic support measures.
ST Marine told IHS Jane's that the first vessel-in-class was launched on 29 January 2014 while the second vessel hit the water on 17 June the same year. The patrol ships are expected to be delivered from the second quarter of 2015, with the final vessel to be handed over in the third quarter of 2016.
The RSN currently operates a class of 11 of the original 55 m Fearless vessels.