Saudi Al Madinah-class frigate targeted by anti-ship missile off the coast of Yemen


The ship was targeted by a suicide boat, and not by a missile as mentioned previously.

An Al Madinah-class light missile frigate of the Saudi Arabian Navy was targeted by an anti-ship missile fired by the Houthis off the coast of Yemen.

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This is not the first time Houthis target ships by anti-ship missiles, the Saudi-led coalition confirmed that the United Arab Emirates’ high-speed logistics vessel, Swift, was hit off Yemen early on 1 October by a Chinese-built C-802 anti-ship missile.

The Al Madinah-class frigates were built by France in the early 1980s under the Sawari I program for the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF), which were commissioned in 1985 and 1986. These 2,160-ton class ship are designed to carry out anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missions with limited air defense capabilities utilizing one 8-cell Crotale missile launcher.

The propulsion system consists of four diesel engines developing 32,500-bhp with two shafts allowing for a top speed of 30 knots.

The Al Madinah-class ships are equipped with eight Otomat anti-ship missiles, one 8-cell Crotale Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAM) with another 18 missiles in reserve (26 missiles in total) and a Dauphin helicopter operating from these vessels thanks to an hangar and flight deck.

Also, the Al Madinah frigates are fitted with a 100mm 44-caliber dual purpose naval gun system, two 40mm anti-aircraft (AA) guns and four torpedo tubes. The sensor package includes a DRBV-15 air search radar, a TSM 2630 hull-mounted sonar and TSM 2630 variable depth sonar.

In September 2013, the KSA awarded France 1 billion Euro contract for the modernization of four Al Madinah frigates.