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Alexandria Shipyard launches fourth Gowind 2500 corvette

18th May 2020 - 08:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Naval Group announced on 15 May that its local industrial partner Alexandria Shipyards has launched the final Gowind 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy.

The ceremony for Luxor completes the third Gowind 2500 warship to be built in Egypt (the first vessel for the Egyptian Navy, El Fateh, was built in France), demonstrating the increasing ability of Alexandria Shipyards to deliver military vessels.

Egypt-based Naval Group teams assisted Alexandria Shipyards with the process of transitioning from a purely civilian operation to becoming a naval shipbuilder.

Gowind 2500 corvettes have a single mast offering 360° surveillance capability. They can accommodate an 11t helicopter and UAS on a helicopter deck.

Each vessel has a displacement of 2,600t and is 102m in length. It can operate with a crew of 65 and can also simultaneously accommodate 15 passengers.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, French-made MM40 Block 3 Exocet and MICA missiles are used to arm the Gowind 2500.

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