Saudi Arabia is likely to order five corvettes from Spanish Navantia in a deal worth over €3 billion and is expected to be signed during Spanish King Philip VI’s visit to Saudi scheduled later this week.
Having postponed a number of official journeys overseas due to the fact that there was only an interim government in place, King Felipe VI is now due to travel to Saudi Arabia. The King will be discussing the provision of five corvettes for the Saudi Navy at a cost of €3 billion, Spanish News Today reported Wednesday.
The corvettes will be built on the Avante 2200 combatant and is specially designed for EEZ surveillance and protection, Strategic assets defence, Anti-surface warfare, Passive electronic warfare and intelligence gathering. The corvettes will have a speed of 28 kt and a cruising speed of 15kt. The ships will be 98.9 m long with a full load displacement of 2,500 tonnes.
The corvettes will also have Flight deck & hangar for 10t class helicopter (NH-90, AB-212, AB-412, Eurocopter AS-565 Panther).