Romania’s largest shipyard, Constanţa Shipyard (SNC) and French shipbuilding major, Naval Group signed an exclusive partnership to deliver four Gowind 2500 corvettes to the Romanian Navy, on April 20th, 2018.
This partnership will enable SNC (Romanian: Şantierul Naval Constanţa) to benefit from Naval Group’s centuries-long expertise in military shipbuilding and fully mastered transfer of technology process. It will ensure the Romanian industry is implicated in the conception, the construction and the maintenance of the ships, ensuring Romania’s sovereignty and creating high added-value jobs on the long term.
Naval Group has participated in the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) exhibition in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, from 16th to 19th April 2018 and showcased the Gowind 2500 design. SNC also attended BSDA.
The Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette platform is sea-proven and combines unrivalled stealth features, resilience and high availability with outstanding anti-air (AW), anti-surface (ASW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASuW) performance thanks to the MU90 lightweight torpedos and to the CANTO-V anti-torpedo defence system.It can also perform presence, maritime surveillance and policing missions against trafficking and piracy.
The vessel is equipped with facilities for an embarked helicopter and drones. It is armed with one OTO Melara 76 mm main gun, two Nexter Narwhal 20 mm cannon, 16 VL Mica surface-to-air missile launchers, 8 MBDA MM40 Exocet antiship missile launchers and two triple torpedo launchers.
The Gowind 2500 is operated with the SETIS. This state-of-the-art combat is combat-proven on the French Navy’s FREMM frigates and interoperable with NATO systems. It provides the operator with the best management and decision-making aids, ensuring the Gowind 2500 supremacy over conventional and asymmetric threats.