Angolan Navy orders BR71 MKII corvettes from Edge Group under €1bln deal

EDGE Group has signed a major €1 billion milestone contract which will see the company’s unit, shipbuilder Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) build a fleet of 71-meter-long corvettes for the Angolan Navy.

Edge Group

The BR71 MKII corvette is a vessel fitted with advanced mission systems including a 3D radar, electronic warfare suite, secure communications, a main gun, and surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missile systems.

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Khalid Al Breiki, President – Platforms & Systems, EDGE said: “Signing a EUR 1 billion defence export deal represents a momentous achievement for EDGE as well as ADSB. This demonstrates our strategic approach and steadfast commitment to increasing national exports in line with the UAE Leadership’s directive.”

David Massey, CEO of ADSB said: “At ADSB, we feel a tremendous sense of pride in signing a EUR 1 billion export deal. The BR71 MKII corvette is a highly advanced vessel capable of performing multiple missions to secure Angola’s 1600 km coastline. We look forward to fulfilling the Angolan Navy’s operational requirements and strengthening their naval capabilities while expanding ADSB’s avenues of growth.”

Operating from a 330,000 square metre shipyard in Abu Dhabi, ADSB builds corvettes, offshore patrol vessels and fast patrol boats for military customers, and commercial vessels for the oil services industry.

The company also offers a full range of maintenance, repair and refit, upgrade and conversion, as well as design and engineering consultancy services.