How Italy adds to destabilizing the Middle East by offering submarines to Qatar

Britto Josh
5 min readJun 22, 2021


Italy offered two minisub marines to the Qatari Navy for ocean reconnaissance and assault exercises in the Persian Gulf. It is the last arrangement between the Italian military-mechanical complex with the military of the Arab petroleum emirate, the most recent untrustworthy accomplice of the European Union, and the United States of America after Turkey.

“From the examination of the public authority approvals for the fare of weapons made in Italy, plainly in 2019 the organization M23 was granted the permit for 2 smaller person submarines worth 190 million euros: they are scaled-down submarines that could be utilized likewise for assaults and assaults on vendor ships and oil big haulers,” criticizes Giorgio Beretta, expert of the Italian Peace and Disarmament Network.

The organization M23 with base camp in Ciserano, Bergamo region of Northern Italy, is another passage into the pure conflict market: operational since June 2018, its corporate object is the “plan, development and offer of submerged vehicles and specifically of submarines, impetus gear, and frames “. M23 has around twenty representatives and is monetarily connected to two different organizations with enlisted workplaces in Bergamo, SPH (modern counseling organization) and GSE Trieste (shipbuilding area).

Leader of M23 is Bruno Peracchi, senior supervisors Guido Santi, Carlo Gelfo and Toufic Abi Fadel, the last previous administrator of the Qatar Development Bank and Qatar First Bank LLC, today top of the legitimate office of Barzan Holdings, the monetary protected from which the Ministry of Defense of Qatar draws subsidizing for the examination, improvement, creation, and offer of new weapon frameworks and to reinforce the tactical abilities of the public military. For the record, on 24 January 2020, the CEO of Fincantieri Giuseppe Bono and the leader of Barzan Holding Nasser Al Naimi consented to a participation arrangement given the plan and development of new frameworks and boats of the emirate’s Navy and the stockpile of surface fighting units and submarines to be inherent the Muggiano, La Spezia plants.

The presence on the leading body of M23 Srl of the Qatari Toufic Abi Fadel is weighty to the interest in the Bergamo-based organization by Al Shamal 3 LLC, an organization enrolled with the Chamber of Commerce of the emirate on 2 April 2019, with an offer capital of simply 100.0000 Qatari genuine (roughly € 22,500) and base camp in the Doha workplaces of the notable global business counseling holding PricewaterhouseCoopers.

All the while with the section of Al Shamal 3 LLC into the Bergamo-based organization, the exchange of the specialty unit identifying with the plan and development of scaled-down submarines from GSE Trieste to M23 was likewise completed. The two exchanges were approved “with arrangements” by the Council of Ministers of May 21, 2020, in the activity of the uncommon forces accommodated by the purported brilliant force with which the chief directs explicit conditions for the obtaining of value interests in essential organizations for the nation (guard and security area, energy, transport, interchanges, and so on) Introducing the announcement to the Council, the then President Giuseppe Conte and the Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini, still in office today.

In the particular instance of the agreement in Qatar, the shipyards of M23 Srl would be dealing with the development of two “pocket submarines”, whose specialized qualities are highly confidential. Until this point in time, just the code with which they have been characterized is known (Midget self-governing submarine P/N M232017023); probably they are 23 meters in length units, appropriate to contain a tiny team of 2–3 individuals.

Military examiner H.I. Sutton, the organizer of the particular site Covert Shores, devoted a long article named “Italy’s Secretive Submarine Deal with Qatar: New Intelligence” to the two smaller than expected submarines made in Italy. Sutton accepts that the two units bound for the “Qatar armada modernization and upgrade program” compared to the model portrayed in a slide projected during a becoming aware of the Defense Commission of the Chamber of Deputies on guard frameworks and mechanical exploration, hung on last May 17.

Introducing the slides was the president and CEO of C.A.B.I. Cattaneo S.p. A, Alberto Villa, who detailed, specifically, the beginning of a cooperation with a third organization for the development of “two bantam submarines, worked for an unfamiliar client”. “The presence of the submarine, with a smooth body, shoulder-mounted seaplanes, and no sail appears to affirm what eyewitnesses suspect, specifically that it is the model made by M23 Srl”, composes H.I. Sutton. “The last is a side project organization of the tactical area which, with the shipyards GSE Trieste, manufacturers of submarines, shares a steady food in Ciserano, Bergamo, around 100 kilometers from the mechanical center point of Milan where C.A.B.I. is based, Cattaneo. The submarine that shows up in the introduction of the CEO of C.A.B.I. looks a great deal like the solitary GSE Trieste line, planned in 2017 “.

As per the tactical expert, the two small submarines bound for Qatar will each be equipped with two torpedoes and will have “an impressive operational limit with regards to the Special Forces”. “GSE Triste represents Giunio Santi Engineering, in memory of it’s anything but, a maritime designer,” adds Sutton. “Previously, GSE Srl was called Marital. The historical backdrop of Santi’s tasks is brimming with inventiveness. During the 1980s he was building a drive framework for little submarines under the Maritalia brand.

The most popular of these jumpers were the 3GST9, simply 9.5 meters long and basically the same as the presence of a fish, which grabbed the overall eye as a potential method for transport for the uncommon powers. In 2000 Giulio Santi’s organization took the name of GSE Trieste and dedicated itself basically to the development of extravagance smaller than normal subs for private clients, albeit a model for military intentions was planned, the Button 5.60 Dry Combat Submersible which was tried by US Navy “.

Much better known is the mechanical military history of the C.A.B.I. Cattaneo of Milan, one of the world’s driving makers of submerged vehicles, marine motors, and hefty hardware for the vehicle of uncommon powers groups. Among the conflict frameworks delivered by the Lombard organization, there are among others the MAS (furnished torpedo boats) utilized by the Royal Navy during the First World War and the supposed “pigs” utilized by the unique attack units told by Julio Valerio Borghese during the subsequent World War.

With the new small-scale jumpers sold by Italy, Qatar turns into the principal Arab state in the Persian Gulf and the primary individual from the Gulf Cooperation Council to have a regular plunging segment. A component that will assist with advancing hyper mobilized and destabilize the whole Middle East region.



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