The four “Al-Ofouq” class patrol vessels built for the Royal Navy of Oman are based on the 75m variant of the 55m FEARLESS patrol vessel in use with the Republic of Singapore Navy.
(Photo: ST Marine)
The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) accepted the second “Al-Ofouq” class patrol ship, RNOV “Al-Shinas” (Z 21) built by Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd. (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd. (ST Engineering). The 1,100 tons (full displacement) vessel carries THALES Nederland’s VARIANT 2D surveillance radar and the same company’s STIR 1.2 EO Mk2 radar/electro-optical (EO) tracking system and TACTICOS Combat Management System (CMS). Armament consists of one 76mm Super Rapid naval gun and two MARLIN-WS (Modular Advanced Remotely controlled Lightweight Naval Weapon Station) systems provided by OTO Melara. Surface-to-surface missiles will be fitted; a selection on type is expected soon. A decision in favour of the MDBA EXOCET MM40 may prove most cost-effective given the weapon’s widespread service. Acquisition cost for the four vessels is approximately €534.8M, approximately €133M per hull.
(For an in-depth profile of the "Al-Ofouq" class see NAVAL FORCES I/2016)