Abu Dhabi Ship Building Begins Construction of UAE Navy’s Falaj 3-class Offshore Patrol Vessel
Abu Dhabi Ship Building Begins Construction of UAE Navy’s Falaj 3-class Offshore Patrol Vessel

Abu Dhabi Ship Building Begins Construction of UAE Navy’s Falaj 3-class Offshore Patrol Vessel

Edge Group company Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) is pleased to announce the commencement of the production of the Falaj 3-class Offshore Patrol Vessels with a Steel Cutting Ceremony at ADSB Yard for the First of Class (FOC) vessel held on 21st December 2022. ADSB was awarded the contract to build four Falaj 3 Class Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs) for the UAE Navy in 2021. This milestone represents the successful completion of the design phase and confirms the capability of ADSB and its determination to continue to be a regional leader in military shipbuilding and a strategic partner to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Defence.

ADSB starts construction of the 1st Falaj 3-class OPV for the UAE Navy
Abu Dhabi Ship Building starts construction of the 1st Falaj 3-class OPV for the United Arab Emirates Navy

The Falaj 3 Class of FPVs is a complex high speed warship with a state of-the-art sensors and combat systems and will be a significant addition to the UAE Navy capability. With its partners and with invaluable support from the UAE Navy, it has successfully completed the design phase of the project on schedule. The Falaj 3-class OPVs will be based on the Fearless-class patrol boats from ST Engineering. The Fearless-class patrol vessels were built by Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine for the Republic of Singapore Navy in the 1990s. The Falaj 3 features a design that reduces radar cross-section, infrared signature and acoustic signatures to provide a stealthy profile at sea.

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ADSB starts construction of the 1st Falaj 3-class OPV for the UAE Navy
Abu Dhabi Ship Building starts construction of the 1st Falaj 3-class OPV for the UAE Navy

The Falaj 3 Offshore Patrol Vessels will be powered by 4 high-performance engines that will use 4 propellers to reach speeds of more than 26 knots. The ships will have 4 generators capable of producing 1.2 megawatts of power. The Falaj 3 class vessels will be equipped with an integrated platform management system that will allow all platform systems to be monitored and controlled from a single point. They also feature a wide range of safety and firefighting equipment, as well as a rigid-hull inflatable boat. The OPV will be designed to meet International Classification Society Naval Rules, as well as 100% redundancy for critical and high survivability requirements.

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