Egyptian Navy has received its first Gowind 2500 corvette, ENS El Fateh (971) from French shipbuilder, Naval Group.
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 will be built locally by a shipyard in Alexandria within a technology transfer agreement.
In April 2015, DCNS started cutting metal for the very first Gowind 2500 corvette under construction in Lorient, in the presence of high representatives of the Egyptian Navy. Construction of the first vessel will take 29 months, it is the first of a series of four units that will be delivered to Egypt before 2019.
The first Egyptian Gowind 2500 corvette was laid in the dry dock at the Lorient naval shipyard in September 2015 and the launch was conducted in September 2016. El Fateh successfully concluded its first sea trials by the end of March 2017.
In April 2016, Alexandria Shipyard started cutting metal for the first Gowind 2500 corvette built in Egypt.
Amongst the 10 Gowind corvettes ordered by the Malaysian and Egyptian navies, El Fateh is the first to be delivered. This is the 4th naval vessel delivered to the Egyptian navy by the Naval Group.
Gowind 2500 corvettes
The Gowind design is a family of steel monohull corvettes developed since 2006 by DCNS to conduct missions in 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.