Khareef Class

Operator: Oman
Status: In Service/Sea Trials
Number: 3
Names: Q40 Al-Shamikh
Q41 Al-Rahmani (Sea Trials)
Q42 Al-Rasikh (Sea Trials)
Cost: £400,000,000 ($636 million)
Acquired: 2013
General Specs
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Class: Corvette
Manufacturer: BAE
Introduced: 2009
Displacement: 2,660 tons
Propulsion: 2 x MTU diesel
Speed: 25 knots
Length: 324.8 ft (99 m)
Beam: 47.9 ft (14.6 m)
Draft: 13.5 ft (4.1 m)
Hull Material:
Fuel Capacity:
Range: 3910.4 nm
Crew: 100
Guns 1 x 76mm 62 cal. OTO Melara Super Rapid
2 x 30mm MSI DS30M
Anti-air 12 x MBDA VL Mica SAM
Anti-ship 8 x MM40 Exocet Block 3
Radar/Sensors: TACTICOS command management system
SMART-S Mk2 3D multibeam S-band air and surface search radar
Thales Nederland Sting electro-optic director
Countermeasures/Defenses: Thales Vigile 400 ESM
Rheinmetall MASS decoys
Misc Systems:

Oman’s Navy Chief Outlines Latest Service Priorities

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) is making good progress in renewing its surface fleet, although the navy’s chief notes that more is to be done as the service seeks to enhance its capability for securing Oman’s maritime interests in an increasingly dynamic operating environment. Speaking to IHS Jane’s at the interim acceptance ceremony for […]

MBDA Details MM 40 Block 3 Orders

European missile house MBDA has revealed that it has now secured orders for approximately 400 MM 40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missiles and more than 50 firing installations from nine customers worldwide. The latest instantiation of the Exocet sea-skimming anti-ship missile line, the MM 40 Block 3 embodies significant performance and technology improvements, including air-breathing […]


Omani Navy Receives Third Khareef Corvette

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) officially received the third and final Project Khareef corvette in a ceremony held in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, on 28 May, announced manufacturer BAE Systems. Al-Rasikh will now sail to Devonport, where her crew will complete a training programme with the UK Royal Navy before departing for Oman. The vessel’s two […]


Offshore Security Drives Gulf Naval Procurements

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are increasing security around their offshore oil infrastructure, due to an array of threats from sea-based dangers. According to Michele Cosentino, a former Italian Navy commodore, GCC members have chosen different approaches to carry out their maritime strategies, especially protecting oil facilities and commercial shipping. Cosentino, in an article he […]


Corvettes of the Persian Gulf: A Strategic Survey

The Persian Gulf has long been a waterway of strategic importance. On average, $105 billion worth of goods are exchanged between Iran and the Gulf states each year. In addition, approximately 20% of the world’s petroleum traverses the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage between the Persian Gulf and the open seas. Clearly, ensuring the […]