Baynunah Corvette


WEAPON NAME Baynunah-class Corvette

In January 2004, the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Defence in Abu Dhabi awarded a contract to Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding (ADSB) for a new class of multipurpose missile corvette, called Baynunah. The Baynunah class is designed for “patrol and surveillance, minelaying, interception and other antisurface warfare operations in the United Arab Emirate’s territorial waters and exclusive economic zone. This class is based on the CMN Group’s Combattante BR70 design. The corvettes are named after the Baynunah region of Abu Dhabi. Construction of the first vessel began in May 2005 and launched in June 2009 at CMN’s Cherbourg shipyard. → naval-technology.com/baynunah


IPN-S/R Combat Management System (IT)

The six corvettes are all equipped with the IPN-S/R combat management system and the NA25XM fire control systems by SELEX Sistemi Integrati which is also the main supplier and integrator of the systems onboard. The agreement also includes the option for other two offshore patrol vessels of the same class. → defense-aerospace.com/selex


Mauser BK-27mm Cannon (DE)

The Mauser BK27 is a gas-operated automatic cannon with linked or linkless ammunition. It combines low weight (approx. 100kg) with a high rate of fire (1,700rds/min),and can be used to arm aircraft and surface combatants alike. It can be installed on the following fighter platforms: Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab Gripen and Gripen NG, Tornado and C-295 based gunships. On warships: Rheinmetall MLG27 Light Naval Gun System. → rheinmetall-defence.com/medium-calibre


Exocet MM40-3 Missile (FR)

The Exocet missile is a French-built anti-ship missile whose various versions can be launched from surface vessels, submarines, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. The Block 3 missile accepts GPS guidance system waypoint commands, which allow it to attack naval targets from different angles and to strike land targets, giving it a marginal role as a land-attack missile. It is also very accurate the navigation package, allowing optimised 3D approach trajectories and terminal attacks from different azimuths, at very low sea skimming altitude with simultaneous time on target. → mbda-systems.com/exocet-mm40-block3


NA30S Fire Control System (IT)

NA-30S is an advanced modular weapon control system designed to support semi-active surface-to-air missiles and control guns (up to three different guns outputs) in coordinated firing reaction mode. NA-30S is based on the tracking naval radar ORION RTN-30X. → leonardocompany.com/NA30S


Raytheon MK56 Missile Launcher (US)

The MK 56 Guided Missile Vertical Launching System (GMVLS) delivers — from limited shipboard space — an effective Local Area, hemispherical defense umbrella for ships being escorted against airborne and surface threats. The launching system fires the RIM-162 Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM), which neutralizes small surface and subsonic/supersonic missiles. → raytheon.com/MK56


RIM-116A Surface-to-Air-Missile (US)

The RIM-116 RAM (Rolling Airframe missile) is a supersonic, lightweight, quick-reaction, all-weather, low-cost missile designed to engage high maneuverable anti-ship missiles. → raytheonmissilesanddefense.com/ram-missile


RIM-162 Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) (US)

The RIM-162 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile is designed to counter supersonic maneuvering anti-ship missiles. ESSM also has the ability to be "quad-packed" in the Mark 41 Vertical Launch System, allowing up to four ESSMs to be carried in a single cell. Developed by the U.S. Navy and nine of the other 11-member nations of the NATO SEASPARROW Consortium, the ESSM missile is bringing transformational anti-ship missile defense capabilities to NATO and other allies (Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and the United States). → raytheonmissilesanddefense.com/essm-missile


Scanter 2001 Sea Search Radar (DK)

Terma's SCANTER X-band Navigation, Surface Search and Short Range Air Surveillance Radar Systems are complete radar sensor systems with proven small target detection capability to assist authorities in efficiently monitoring illegal activities such as drug trafficking, smuggling, illegal immigrants, piracy, illicit fishing, terrorism, etc. The SCANTER radar systems are specifically designed to enter service where the commercial marine radar fails to meet the requirements for noise and interference rejection, signal processing, electronic interfacing, signal distribution, and resistance to a tough environment. → terma.com


Sea Giraffe AMB (Giraffe Agile Multi Beam) Air Search Radar (SE)

Giraffe AMB provides accurate real-time air target information. Giraffe AMB monitors the air volume 360° for air targets from supersonic fighters, cruise missiles and helicopters, down to small, slow and low-flying UAVs. It is simultaneously capable to locate and warn for incoming rockets, artillery and mortar rounds. The radar gets its name from the distinctive folding mast which when deployed allows the radar to see over nearby terrain features such as trees, extending its effective range against low-level air targets. → saab.com/giraffe-amb


Super Rapid 76mm Naval Gun (IT)

The Super Rapid 76mm is a naval gun built and designed by the Italian defence company Oto Melara. The system is compact enough to be installed on relatively small warships. Its high rate of fire and the availability of several types of ammunition make it capable for short-range anti-missile point defence, anti-aircraft, anti-surface, and ground support. → leonardocompany.com/76-62-super-rapid


MTU-595 Diesel Engine (DE)

Baynunah-class Corvettes have a cruising speed of 15knts and can reach a maximum speed of over 30knts, which is achieved through the use of four MTU 12V595 TE90 engines. Designed for fast vessels with high load factors (e.g. ferries, monohulls, hydrofoils, catamarans, surface effect ships and yachts), they are used with Hatteland Display's 19" Series. → ims-germany.com/mtu-595


CONTRACTOR: Constructions Mécaniques de Normandie (CMN), Cherbourg, FRANCE → cmn-group.com
SHIPBUILDER: Abu Dhabi Shipbuilding, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES → adsb.com

MAUSER BK-27: Mauser, now Rheinmetall Defense, Unterluess, GERMANY → rheinmetall-defence.com
MTU-595 Diesel Engine: Industrial Marine Service, Dinslaken, GERMANY → ims-germany.com
Scanter-2001: TERMA, Hovmarken, Lystrup, DENMARK → terma.com
Sea Giraffe AMB: Saab Electronic Defence Systems (EDS), Jarfalla, SWEDEN → saab.com
IPN-S/R Combat Management System: Selex Sistemi Integrati, now Leonardo, Roma, ITALY → leonardo.com
MM40 Exocet Missile: MBDA Systems, FRANCE → mbda-systems.com
Super Rapid 76mm: Leonardo, La Spezia, ITALY → leonardocompany.com
RIM-116 RAM Missile, RIM-162 ESSM Missile, Raytheon MK56 Launcher: Raytheon Technologies Missiles and Defence, UNITED STATES
→ raytheonmissilesanddefense.com


The sixth and last Baynunah-class corvette was commissioned into service in February 2017 as Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, raised his country's flag over the ship's stern. Among the other companies with a strong interest in the Baynunah corvettes is Leonardo, which provides the combat systems integration, and management system, as well as the fire control, optronics, and armament systems. Raytheon also has a strong interest in the Baynunah corvettes, supplying supplies the Rolling Airframe Missile and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile launchers. (defensenews.com, Feb. 2017)

Transfer of Baynunah Corvettes from France to United Arab Emirates

Baynunah Corvette 2003 4 2011-2015 4 $500-545 m ‘Project Baynunah’ (incl. $205m for French shipyard); 3 assembled in UAE
Baynunah Corvette 2005 2 2016-2017 2 AED1 b ($272 m) deal ‘Project Baynunah’
MM-40-3 Exocet Anti-ship MI/SSM 2006 150 2010-2017 150 Part of €400 m deal; for Baynunah corvettes and probably for Abu Dhabi frigate and Falaj-2 covettes

Transfer of Baynunah Corvette components from the manufacturing countries to France

(DE) MTU 595 Diesel engine 2003 24 2011-2017 24 For 6 Baynunah corvettes from France
(DE) Mauser BK-27 Cannon / / / /
(DK) Scanter-2001 Sea Search Radar 2004 6 2011-2017 6 For 6 Baynunah corvettes from France
(IT) Super Rapid 76mm Naval Gun 2003 6 2012-2016 6 For 6 Baynunah corvettes from France
(IT) Orion RTN-25X Fire control radar 2004 6 2011-2017 6 For 6 Baynunah corvettes from France
(SE) Giraffe AMB Air Search radar 2004 6 2011-2017 6 For 6 Baynunah corvettes from France
(US) RIM-162 ESSM SAM 2006 96 2015 96 For Baynunah corvettes
(US) RIM-116 RAM SAM 2007 200 2011-2016 200 For Baynunah corvettes; RIM-116B
(US) RIM-162 ESSM SAM 2017 96 2018-2019 96
(US) MK56 Missile Launcher / / / /

AbuDhabi Ship Building carries out daily maintenance and repair tasks for military clients in the UAE as well as foreign navies. It has fleet maintenance contracts with the UAE Navy, UAE Coast Guard and the recently established Critical National Infrastructure Authority. Undertakenat the world-class Abu Dhabi Ship Building facility in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi, the Baynunah Corvette Class Program is the biggest warship construction program inthe region consisting of six corvettes for the UAE Navy. (english.mubasher.info, Mar. 2012)

IDENTIFICATION The navy forces of the Arab alliance secured the Yemeni coast (Oct. 18, 2015)
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GEOLOCATION Bab al-Mandab Strait, Yemen → 12°43’25.7”N 43°27’54.3”E
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