Romania announced the selection of Naval Group and its partner Santierul Naval Constanta (SNC) for the programme to build four new Gowind multi-mission corvettes for its Navy, on July 3.
“The Naval Group and SNC teams are honoured by the trust of the Romanian authorities and look forward to working together to provide the Romanian Navy with the four state-of-the art Gowind corvettes”, said a statement released by Naval Group following the selection.
SNC will receive the necessary know-how to support the complete life cycle of the corvettes, from building to maintenance and modernisation.
Naval Group will also modernize Romania’s two Ex-Royal Navy Type 22 (T22) frigates – F-221 Regele Ferdinand (Ex-HMS Coventry) and F-222 Regina Maria (Ex-HMS London), and will create a maintenance centre and a training centre.
The Gowind 2500 platform and its combat system including the Setis combat management system (CMS) offer a comprehensive set of state-of-the-art NATO-standard combat-proven capabilities for anti-surface warfare (ASuW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and anti-air warfare (AAW). The vessel can also perform maritime surveillance and policing missions.
According to Navy Group, the Gowind is the perfect solution for Romania to carry out its strategic missions as a major NATO partner in the Black Sea and will also strengthen European Defence capabilities.
Gowind-class vessels are equipped with facilities for an embarked helicopter and drones. They are 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 design has already been chosen by several countries.