ST Engineering to provide Falaj 3-Class OPVs for UAE Navy


Last Updated on 11/16/2021 by OTC

ST Engineering revealed on November 15 that Abu Dhabi Ship Building PJSC (ADSB) had granted a subcontract to its Marine division in Singapore for the supply of design, platform equipment, and technical assistance for the building of four Falaj 3-class Offshore Patrol Vessels. These vessels will be constructed in ADSB for the UAE Navy.

The contract covers the vessel’s basic design, detailed design, and manufacturing design. During the construction of the first of its kind vessel, technical help will be provided.

The Falaj-3 class is a highly versatile and reliable offshore patrol vessel, suitable to carry out a wide range of missions including maritime security and search and rescue operations. Based on our proven Fearless Class Patrol Vessels, this 60m Offshore Patrol Vessel will be designed to meet International Classification Society Naval Rules, as well as 100% redundancy for critical and major systems and high survivability requirements.

“We are honoured to have been selected by ADSB as one of their major partners in this very prestigious Falaj 3 program. We are confident that our past experience in the design and construction of such a class of vessels will position us and ADSB well to meet the challenges,” said Ng Sing Chan, President, Marine at ST Engineering. “We look forward to our partnership with ADSB in fulfilling its commitment to deliver four future-capable ships that will complement its existing fleet and help the UAE Navy accomplish its missions.”

ST Engineering has an extensive track record in naval vessel design, in addition to its more known naval shipbuilding capabilities. In recent years, it has been investing in its Marine capabilities, harnessing digitalization to drive smarter shipbuilding and deeper vessel intelligence.

Falaj-3 OPV:

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Capable of operating in both littoral and blue waters, the 60-meter FALAJ 3 naval patrol vessel is designed and equipped suitably not only for advanced Naval duties but also for tackling the present-day challenges of asymmetric warfare. Featuring a sophisticated combat management system, sensors, and weapons, this platform can undertake warfare in three dimensions; Air, Surface, and Sub-surface.

Based on the proven Fearless-class platform, the FALAJ 3 features a design that reduces radar cross-section, infrared, and acoustic signatures for a stealth profile on the seas.

According to the company’s brochure, FALAJ 3 is powered by 4 high-power engines using 4 propellers to attain speeds excess of 26 Kn. She has 4 generators capable of producing 1.2 Megawatts of power. She is equipped with Integrated Platform Management System to monitor and control all platform systems from one single point. She also boasts of a wide array of safety and fire-fighting equipment and includes a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.

Technical Data:

  • Overall Length: 60M
  • Beam: 9.5M
  • Draught: 2.6M to 3.4M
  • Displacement (Full): ~641 Tonnes
  • Max Speed 26 knots
  • Range at 16 knots: 2000NM
  • Crew: 39 persons

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