The Baynunah Corvettes are a unique class of warship with multi-mission capabilities

The Baynunah Corvettes are a unique class of warship with multi-mission capabilities, including coastal patrol and surveillance, mine detection and avoidance, helicopter operations, as well as anti-air and anti-surface capabilities. In performing these missions, Baynunah will utilize the very latest in weapons and sensor technology.

Operational requirements

The ship is designed to provide the Navies with a multi-role surface vessel capable of sustained operations throughout the GCC region. The vessels are designed to conduct peacetime patrols in their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, together with surveillance, maritime interdiction, support to other forces, and the protection of coastline and ports.

Construction

Steel constructed hull and deck, with superstructure fabricated from aluminium. Superstructure arrangement designed to minimise radar cross-section.

General description of Combat System

The combat system is centred around a modern command and control system. The IPN-S will provide primary control of the major weapons systems while providing the ship’s crew with a complete tactical picture combining information from ship’s sensors, external communications, airborne sensors, and intelligence reports.

Primary ship sensors will include a three dimensional air search and a navigation radar with LPI capability.  An EOMS infrared search and track weapons director will also be fitted.  A  Interrogation Friend or Foe (IFF) function for both radar sets will be provided.

The electronic warfare suite will include laser electronics countermeasures systems, a radar electronic support measures system (ESM) and a electronic support measures and communications intelligence system will also be a part of the electronics warfare suite.

The primary anti ship weapons will be 2 x Missiles.  The vessel’s firepower is complimented with a single 76 mm main gun and two 27 mm side guns.

The primary air defence system is centred on a vertical missile launcher system. This system will be controlled by the IPN-S combat control system a fire control system. Missile fire control will be supplemented by a continuous wave illuminator. The air defence missile system is augmented by a second set of surface to air missiles.  These “fire and forget” missiles will be mounted on the weather fairing of the 27mm side guns.

All navigation system data will be collected and displayed through an Integrated Bridge system incorporating a laser gyro system for ship’s reference and navigation. The integrated bridge system will include displays from the Navigation / LPI radar.

A complex network of integrated communications is provided and will include secure voice and data communications. This system will coordinate and provide communications and data sharing between the Baynunah vessels, other cooperating fleet vessels, land based command and control centres, and maritime patrol aircraft.

The vessel will also be fitted with a CHAFF launcher decoy system and RAM system.