The Al Jubail-class was built on the Avante 2000, a corvette design from the Spanish shipyard Navantia.

Saudi Arabia, the most influential country not only in the Arab world, but also in the entire Muslim world. Saudi Arabia’s influence is further enhanced by its vast oil and gas reserves and, of course, its enormous financial resources. So, without a doubt, Saudi Arabia has built up a supposedly very strong military in the region. Saudi Arabia is also said to have the largest and most modern navy among the Gulf states.

The latest plan of the Saudi Navy is a fleet of Al Jubail-class corvettes. The Al Jubail-class was built on the Avante 2000, a corvette design from the Spanish shipyard Navantia. Navantia has developed a Avante family of ships with different sizes but adapted to different missions and sharing the same design standard. In July 2018 it was announced that Navantia had signed an agreement with the Royal Saudi Navy for the production of five corvettes with the last to be delivered by 2022 at a cost of approximately 2 billion Euros.

Al Jubail-class
Al Jubail-class

There are currently 4 ships launched. The newest, Jazan 834, was launched on July 24, 2021. When completed, the Al Jubail class will give a new face to the might of the Royal Saudi Navy.

The Saudi version of the Avante 2000 is slightly different from the one the company has been advertising. At 104 m, it is longer than the 99 m patrol version that was built for Venezuela. The extra length may have been needed to accommodate larger engines and more weapons. It has accommodation for 102 crew and passengers.

Propulsion is a Combined diesel and diesel system, consisting of 4 × MTU 12V-1163-TB93 rated at 5,950 hp each. The ship can reach a top speed of 24 knots, with a range of 3,500 nmi at 18 knots.

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