Saudi Arabia has ordered a hydrographic vessel in Spain

As reported on January 27, 2017, a small Spanish shipyard Construcciones Navales P. Freire from Vigo, she received a contract to build a hydrographic vessel with a hull length of 43 meters for the Saudi Arabian Navy. The beginning of the construction of the vessel was scheduled for February 6, the delivery to the customer is expected in September 2018.
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Oceanographic research vessel Janan project Freire NB-661, built by the Spanish shipyard Construcciones Navales P. Freire in 2010-2011 for the University of Qatar. According to this modified project, a hydrographic vessel will be built for the Saudi Navy (c) Construcciones Navales P. Freire
According to the company, the vessel for the Saudi Arabian Navy will be a modified version of the 43-meter oceanographic research vessel Janan Freire NB-661, designed and built by P. Freire in 2010-2011 for the Qatar University.The cost of the Saudi order is not disclosed.
Construcciones Navales P. Freire has recently achieved very significant success in the international defense market. The shipyard from Vigo in 2013 received an order worth about $ 70 million for the construction of a large motor-sailing training ship Bima Suci for the Indonesian Navy (due in 2017), in 2014 won an international tender for the construction of a 54-meter hydrographic vessel worth 30 million euros for the Kuwaiti Navy, and in December 2014 signed a contract worth 79.2 million euros for the construction of the 95-meter Antarctic polar research vessel Carrasco for the Peruvian Navy (also expected to be commissioned in 2017). The company also has a contract signed in 2013 with the Mexican Navy to assist them in licensed construction at the Mexican enterprise Pemex of three 54-meter multi-purpose auxiliary vessels.
P. Freire also builds research vessels for civilian customers, in particular, passing in 2013 to the British National Environmental Research Council (NERC) 100-meter research vessel Discovery.
At the same time, the contract obtained by P.Freire on a 43-meter hydrographic vessel for Saudi Arabia was actually the only result in the field of bilateral military-technical cooperation, following the results of the visit of King of Spain Felipe VI to Saudi Arabia, which had been postponed for a long time in January 2017. Expected to be concluded during this visit, a large contract worth up to $ 3.3 billion for the construction of five or six large patrol ships (corvettes) of the Avante 2200 project by the Spanish shipbuilding association Navantia for the Saudi Arabian Navy has not been signed.

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