The UAE places an order with France's Naval Group for two Gowind 2500 corvettes

Naval Group, the former DCNS, which participated last month in BIDEC, Bahrain international defence exhibition and conference (from 16 to 18 October 2017)

13th Nov 2017


The UAE places an order with France's Naval Group for two Gowind 2500 corvettes

By Jean-Michel Guhl in Paris, France

Naval Group, the former DCNS, which participated last month in BIDEC, Bahrain international defence exhibition and conference (from 16 to 18 October 2017) and was in negociation with the UAE government, announced officially, during French President Macron's visit in Abu Dhabi on 9 November 2017 — on the occasion of the Musée du Louvres-Abu Dhabi art museum grand opening —, that the United Arab Emirates Navy just placed an order for two hi-tech Gowind corvettes. Nowadays faced with a permanent Iranian Navy and Pasdaran threat in the Arabo-Persian gulf, the UAE Navy has for some time thought about beefing up it fleet with more modern combat vessels, a small fleet today centered around six modern and well armed 950-tons Baynunah-class corvettes. Two more Gowind 2500s are also on option.

The future blue navy vessels, which will be the UAE Navy's largest combat ships, will be assembled in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company (ASDB) as a mean to develop cutting edge naval solutions in the Middle-East/Near Asia region. This is more than excellent news for France’s Naval Group (ex-DCNS), which now will be in a better stand in order to keep its Lorient shipyards busy for a few more years pending the arrival of more FREMM orders for the French Navy and other customers… In the wake, this UAE Navy order comes as a blessing to save Naval Group’s nearby Lanester construction site, run by Kership, the joint venture company DCNS started with Piriou back in 2013 to build only up to 95-metre OPV vessels. 

The Gowind 2500 represents a new generation of multi-mission corvettes, robust and well equipped, both in terms of electronics, weapons and projection capacities. Integrating Naval Group SETIS Combat Management System, she has a comprehensive Combat System for full-scale multi-threat missions, including complete Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), Anti-Air Warfare (AAW), and Anti-Surface Warfare (AsuW) suites. The Gowind 2500 family has already enjoyed quite a significant commercial success as ten units were sold in 2013 and 2014 for the Royal Malaysian Navy and the Egyptian Navy. Just recently, Naval Group delivered on 22 September 2017 the first of class Gowind 2500 corvette to the Egyptian Navy, the 2,600-ton ENS El Fateh.

Obviously, Naval Group now positions itself sturdily to build strategic partnerships with regional industry in the Middle East. With a long tradition of technology transfer, Naval Group it is true has consistently demonstrated that it can be a key partner for foreign friendly navies, giving its customers full control of their sovereignty, something ASDB has since positively experienced with the Baynunah-class programme set up with France and which is still underway, six ships being fully operational today after the commission of the final copy: UAE Navy Al Hili (P176). //

 

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