The Qatari coast guard ordered another nine vessels from Turkey’s Ares Shipyard during the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) show held from 12 to 14 March.
The new order covers three 48 m Ares 150 Hercules offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) and six 24 m Ares 80 SAT craft, all of which are expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.
All the new boats will be armed with 30 mm weapon stations made by the Turkish company Aselsan, Brigadier General Ali Saif al-Badeed, the commander of the Qatar Coast and Borders Security Department (QCBSD), told Jane’s .
Qatar ordered 17 boats for the QCBSD from Ares in April 2014: two Ares 150, 10 Ares 110, and five Ares 75. Brig Gen al-Badeed said the last five of these should be delivered by the end of August 2018.
The remaining vessels include the two OPVs. BMT, a consultancy that has helped Ares design the Qatari vessels, announced on 26 February that the first of the Ares 150s had successfully completed sea trials and had demonstrated a top speed of 37 kt.
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