Saudi Arabia will buy 5 Avante 2200 corvetts from the Navantia Spanish shipowner, the state shipowner, an Israel Defense report.
The Saudi Arabian Industries (SAMI) and the Spanish company Navantia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoA) on April 12, 2018 to create a joint venture that included naval combat system activities, including integration and installation. laction MoA was signed by Ahmed Al-Khateeb, president of SAMI, and Esteban García Vilasánchez, president of Navantia.
Spain and Saudi Arabia have also submitted a Statement of intent (LoI) to design and build five Avante 2200 Corvettes, including the Fight Management System, for the Saudi Royal Naval Forces (RSNF). The transaction is estimated at 1,800 million euros (2,200 million dollars), and the construction will last five years. The construction of vessels operated by the shipyards of Cádiz and Ferrol will last for five years and will mean 6,000 direct and indirect workers.
According to the specifications of shipbuilding, the Avante 2200 ship measures 98.9 meters, displaces 2,500 tons and has a maximum speed of 25 knots. The ship has capacity for the 92 crew. It can be adapted to a 10-level helicopter and can offer two inflatable boats of 5.5 m of rigid power (RHIB, lightweight and high performance boats built with helmet and inflatables, Sponsors “around the outer edge.
Avante 2200 can perform a variety of missions, such as surveillance and protection of the EEZ, maritime protection, strategic interests, search and rescue operations, support to other units and humanitarian actions, control of pollution at sea, smuggling, traffic of drugs and illegal immigration, monitoring and assembly of operational and environmental information, superficial defense and passive electronic warfare.
In the year 2015, Saudi Arabia signed the contract to buy 4 Littoral Combat Ships made by Lockheed Martin Corp to bolster defenses of its Gulf allies after the nuclear deal with Iran.