Qatar acquired Turkish-made CTS – 30mm Leonardo artillery, 2×12.7mm MG
ANKARA, ($1=14.19 Turkish Liras) — At the enterprise of the Turkish shipbuilding company ADIK [Anadolu Deniz Insaat Kizaklari], a ceremony was held to hand over the second training ship to the Qatari Emiri Navy [QEN], learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing TsAmto. The event was attended by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Qatari Defense Minister Khaled bin Mohammed al-Atiyah.
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As BulgarianMilitary.com reported, the Qatari Navy signed a contract with the Turkish company Anadolu Shipyards for the supply of two CTS [Cadet Training Ships] training ships at the DIMDEX-2018 international defense exhibition held in Doha in March 2018.
The project of the ship was specially designed for the requirements of the Qatari Navy. The ships will be used to train personnel of the Qatari navy. They are designed to accommodate 150 people, including 66 crew members, 76 cadets, and 8 instructors from the Mohammed bin Ghanem Maritime Academy.
The construction of the ships was carried out at the Anadolu Shipyard in Istanbul. Work under the contract began on February 25, 2019. The lead ship of the series, [QTS 91] Al Doha, was launched on October 8, 2020, handed over to the Qatari Navy in August 2021, and arrived in Turkey in December 2021. The launching ceremony of the second ship of the series, QTS 92 Al-Shamal, took place on December 24, 2020.
According to available information, the length of the ship is about 90 m, width – 14.2 m, draft – about 4 m, total displacement – 2150 tons. The ship is equipped with two diesel engines with a capacity of 3600 kW each. Maximum speed – 22 knots, cruising speed – 15 knots, cruising range – more than 2000 nautical miles, autonomy – 15 days.
Onboard there are classrooms for theoretical and practical training of cadets and rooms for instructors. The vessel is equipped with a helipad located at the stern for a medium helicopter and, in addition to basic cadet training, can be used for combat control and weapons training. Armament includes a 30mm Leonardo Marlin artillery mount and two 12.7mm machine guns. If necessary, the ships can be used to perform patrol tasks on the high seas. Vessels can use the helicopter day and night.
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