Alexandria Shipyard has launched the second Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette of the Egyptian Navy, ENS Luxor (986), during a ceremony at its facility in Alexandria, Egypt on May 14.
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Egypt has signed the €1 billion contract with DCNS (now Naval Group) to buy four Gowind 2,500-ton corvettes with an option for two more. Three of the corvettes are to be built locally by the Alexandria Shipyard with a technology transfer agreement.
In September 2016, Naval Group launched the first Egyptian Gowind corvette ENS El Fateh (971) at the Lorient naval shipyard in France. The Egyptian Navy took delivery of the vessel in September 2017, 3 years after the order was placed.
Gowind 2500 corvette
The Gowind design is a family of steel monohull corvettes developed since 2006 by DCNS to conduct missions in the littoral zone such as anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The Gowind family includes vessels with lengths from 85 m to 102 m and displacement from 1,000 t to 2,500 t.
The corvette’s primary weapon is an OTO Melara 76 mm main gun. It is also equipped with two Nexter Narwhal 20 mm cannons.
Gowind 2500 is also armed with 16 VL MICA surface-to-air missiles in VLS launcher, eight MBDA MM40 Exocet anti-ship missile launchers and two triple torpedo launchers.
The Gowind design can deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs). An aft deck has been provided allowing for a 10-ton class helicopter or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations.
The multi-mission corvette is designed for surveillance, surface and subsurface combat, protection and escort naval missions. It can also perform presence, maritime surveillance and policing missions against trafficking and piracy.