The Egyptian Navy has received first of four Gowind 2500 corvettes from France's Naval Group in a ceremony at a company shipyard in Lorient Friday.
Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, said in a press release that the corvette was delivered in just 36 months after it was ordered.
"Design, build and testing have been achieved in a record of three years," Naval Group President and Chief Executive Officer Hervé Guillou said. "Naval Group and its industrial partners are mobilized to assist Egypt in the local construction [and] in technology transfer of the three following corvettes. Once again I would like to enhance the exceptional professionalism of the Egyptian crew members and engineers."
Gowind 2500 corvettes are modular in design. The vessel has a range of 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots and carries a crew of 80.
Naval Group said the navy of Malaysia has also ordered six of the vessels.
DCNS has completed sea trials of the first Gowind 2500 corvette designed and built at the company's site in France for the Egyptian navy. The new corvette is being marketed at the naval defence market, and ten Gowind 2500 vessels are on order with international navies
DCNS has delivered the second Mistral-class helicopter carrier LHD Anwar El Sadat to the Egyptian Navy Friday. On 10 October 2015, DCNS signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the supply of two Mistral-class Landing Helicopter Dock vessels (LHDs)
DCNS has started to construct GOWIND 2500 corvette, which is the first of a series of four units that will be delivered to Egypt before 2019. The delivery of the first vessel is slated for 2017 that is less than four years after the signature of the contract last summer, the company announced on Wednesday
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), is close to winning a contract for two corvettes in Egypt a deal in which Frances Naval Group was also a contender. Negotiations between Egypt and Germany-based ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems are close to completion for a purchase of two MEKO A200 corvettes, French and Egyptian media reported
Egypt claimed that it destroyed a North Korean arms shipment that entered the Suez Canal in 2016 while rejecting a Washington Post report that the weapons had been destined for its military. Citing US officials and Western diplomats, the Post reported Sunday that the Egyptian army was secretly buying $23 million worth of rocket-propelled grenades in 2016 from North Korea, which has been the subject to a UN Security Council ban over its missile and nuclear tests
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