Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
26 November 2013
Also Known As: FMC and Izzat
Origin: United States of America
VT Halter Marine* (*) lead contractor
Parent System: Ambassador III
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 26 November 2013
Total Production: 4
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Description: The Ambassador III is a class of fast missile crafts (FMC) being built in the United States by VT Halter Marine for the Egyptian Navy under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Their propulsion system is based on three MTU diesel engines developing altogether 30,000-shp to allow a top speed of 41 knots. The armaments provided to each Ambassador III craft consists of eight RGM-84L Harpoon Block II, one Mk 15 Phalanx 20mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), one OTO-Melara 76mm gun, two M60 12.7mm machine guns and one Mk 31 RAM HAS weapon system.
The primary mission of the FMC is to conduct independent and joint operations, primarily against armed surface adversaries. The Egyptian Navy has a requirement for a ship with the capabilities of an FMC to combat these threats and to patrol and defend its coastal waterways of the Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea and, in particular, the Suez Canal.
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