Leonardo Delivers Second Upgraded Al Manama-Class Naval Vessel RBNS Al Muharraq to Royal Bahrain Naval Force

Leonardo has delivered the second of six upgraded Al Manama-class naval vessels, RBNS Al Muharraq, during a ceremony in Mina Salman at Royal Bahrain Navy Head Quarters.

The upgrade includes a new weapon control system, training services and logistics following a deal signed in 2015 with the Royal Bahrain Naval Force.

The Royal Bahrain Naval Force awarded Leonardo a contract to upgrade six vessels in 2015. The first ship, called Al Manama, was delivered in December 2017 two months ahead of schedule, proving the strong commitment of Leonardo in supporting the Royal Bahrain Naval Force as well as all its customers in the country.

Al Manama-class Guided-Missile Patrol Combatants are based on the Lürssen FPB 62-class corvettes. They are designed to perform anti-surface warfare (ASuW) with self-defense anti-air warfare (AAW) capability and secondary anti-submarine warfare (ASW) using an helicopter.

The vessels have a length of 63 meters, beam of 9.3 meters and a full load displacement of 632 tons. They are powered by four MTU 20V538 TB93 marine diesel engines, and have a maximum speed of 34.5 knots and a range of 4000 nautical miles at 16 knots.

The vessels are armed with one 76mm OTO Melara main gun, one twin 40 mm OTO Melara 70 cal. L70B anti-aircraft (AA) gun, two 12.7mm machine guns (MG) and four Exocet MM40 SSM anti-ship missiles (AShM). They can embark one AS 365F Dauphin or Bo-105 helicopter.

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