Egyptian Navy receives first Gowind 2500 Corvette from France

Egyptian Navy receives first Gowind 2500 Corvette from France
    Egyptian Navy receives first Gowind 2500 Corvette from France
    Egypt’s navy will receive on Friday the first Gowind 2500 corvette (Al Fateh), which is made by the French shipbuilder DCNS in the shipyard of North Western coastal city of Lorient, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Defense. 

    In 2014, Egypt has contracted with the French company to buy four Corvettes, three of which will be constructed in Alexandria Shipyard. 

    On April 16, 2015, DCNS announced that it has started to construct the first Gowind Corvette to Egypt in the modern naval shipyard of Lorient. 

    The four vessels; France’s most advanced naval equipment, are scheduled to be delivered to Egypt by 2019, the company said in a statement on its official website. 

    Gowind Corvette is 102 meters in length and 16 meters in width. Its speed is 25 knots with a range of 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots. It can carry air-defense and anti-ship missiles and torpedoes. Malaysia, was the first country to have bought the French Corvettes. 

    The company has delivered the FREMM-multipurpose French frigate Tahya Misr to the Egyptian navy used in securing the new Suez Canal. 

    On July 20, 2015, three of 24 French Rafale fighter jets were sent to the Egyptian fleet. The fighter jets participated in the inauguration ceremony of new Suez Canal scheduled for August 6. 

    French naval vendor DCNS launched the first Egyptian Navy Gowind 2500 corvette – the ENS al-Fateh (971) – for sea trials earlier this month.

    Egypt ordered four Gowind 2500 corvettes in a near €1 billion contract in 2015, under which three of the ships will be constructed in Egypt by Alexandria Shipyard.

    Egyptian Navy receives first Gowind 2500 Corvette from France
    The Gowind 2500 displaces at 2,600-tons and is armed with a 76-mm main gun, two 20-mm cannons, two quad-cell MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles (AShM), two-triple anti-submarine warfare (ASW) torpedoes, and a 16-cell SYLVER A35 vertical-launch system (VLS). The SYLVER VLS can house surface-to-air missiles (SAM) such as the MBDA MICA-VL (20 km) and MBDA Sea Ceptor (25+ km).

    Egypt has an option for two additional ships.

    The Gowind 2500 are among several big-ticket items Egypt purchased from France, which also include two Mistral landing helicopter docks (LHD), a DCNS FREMM multi-mission frigate, and 24 Dassault Rafale multi-role fighters.
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