French shipbuilder DCNS has completed assembly of the first Gowind 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy at its facility in Lorient.
The vessel will soon be fitted with weapons and equipment for delivery in 2017. Alexandria Shipyard is building the other three Gowinds on order, and in April this year cut the first steel in the construction process.
On 16 April 2015, DCNS started cutting metal for the first Egyptian Gowind. Major assembly began at the end of September last year, with the first hull block being put together. The vessel should be completed less than a year after construction began.
The Gowind 2500 has a total length of 102 metres, a width of 16 metres, displacement of 2600 tonnes and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Range at 15 knots is 3 700 nautical miles. Including a helicopter detachment, crew is 65 persons.
The Gowind design selected by Egypt is fitted with DCNS’ SETIS combat management system. The vessels could be equipped with VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles and Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missiles. The vessels can each carry one medium helicopter (such as the Eurocopter EC 725 Cougar) and will be fitted with a 57 mm gun and torpedo launchers.
Innovations and capabilities of special interest to ship-based naval, commando and coast guard forces include a panoramic bridge offering 360° visibility, a single enclosed mast offering 360° sensor visibility, covert deployment of fast commando boats in less than five minutes and full provision for unmanned aerial and surface vehicles (UAVs and USVs).
In September Egypt will take delivery of its second Mistral class landing helicopter dock ship, Anwar Sadat, from DCNS after its crew has completed training. The first, Gamal Abdel Nasser, arrived in Egypt on 23 June.