Alexandria Shipyard Launches Egyptian Navy’s Fourth Gowind Corvette, ENS Luxor

Alexandria Shipyard has launched the Egyptian Navy’s fourth Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette, ENS Luxor (986), during a ceremony at its facility in Alexandria, Egypt on May 14.

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 corvettes are designed for surveillance, surface and subsurface combat, protection and escort naval missions. They can also perform presence, maritime surveillance and policing missions against trafficking and piracy.

ENS Luxor (986) Launch
Launch of Egyptian Navy’s second Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette, ENS Luxor (986). Naval Group Photo.

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