Egypt Takes Delivery of First Gowind Corvette

ENS El Fateh. Naval Group

SHAH ALAM: The Egyptian Navy took delivery of its first Gowind corvette from the ship builder Naval Group (formerly known as DCNS) facility at Lorient, France on Friday (Sept 22, 2017). Egyptian Navy chief Admiral Ahmed Khalid accepted the delivery of ENS ElFateh corvette at the ceremony.

ENS ElFateh

From Naval Group.

Delivered just 36 months after the order was placed, the corvette ENS ELFATEH will take to the seas on 23 September to sail to its home port in Egypt. This vessel is the first of the four units ordered by the Egyptian Navy.

Hervé Guillou, President and CEO of Naval Group states that: “Naval Group is particularly proud to announce today’s delivery of the first Gowind® corvette for Egypt, a strategic client and partner of the group. Design, build and testing have been achieved in a record of 3 years. Naval Group and its industrial partners are mobilized to assist Egypt in the local construction 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.
Naval Group pursues its strategic partnership with Egypt

The corvette ENS ELFATEH is the fourth vessel to be delivered to Egypt by Naval Group. It forms part of a strategic and long-term partnership with Egypt. For the record, Naval Group delivered a FREMM frigate in 2015 and two Mistral-class LHDs in 2016.
10 units: the Gowind® corvette, a highly successful multi-mission vessel

The particularly modular design of the Gowind® corvette allowed Naval Group to respond to the specific expectations of the Egyptian Navy, whilst ensuring particularly attractive delivery lead times. The same Gowind® design is now offered to other clients keen to acquire a high-performance and “sea-proven” vessel, which demonstrated during its sea trials that it fully delivers on all its promises.

Six units of the Gowind® 2500 corvette have also been ordered by Malaysia. On 24 August 2017, Naval Group’s Malaysian partner, Boustead Naval Shipyards, thus floated the 1st corvette intended for the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The Gowind® 2500 corvette, ten units ordered so far, responds to the challenges faced by Navies needing at their disposal a complete combat and multi-mission vessel to carry out sovereignty and maritime safeguarding operations and to fight illegal-trafficking.

The Gowind® 2500 corvette is packed with the very latest technological advances, developed and implemented by Naval Group for naval defence. It integrates SETIS®, the latest generation of combat systems developed by Naval Group, the “Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PSIM)” – an assembly that combines the integrated mast with its different sensors and the Control Room and associated technical rooms – and the high level of integration and automation of Naval Group user-friendly systems.

Displacement: 2,600 tonnes
Maximum speed: 25 knots
Crew: 80 persons (including the helicopter detachment)
Range: 3,700 nautical miles at 15 knots

ENS ElFateh

Hopefully, the RMN own Gowind derived vessel, the Maharaja Lela, will be as succesful as the El Fateh.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Good news for Egypt and the Gowind look great and nice. It took 3 years times to get a high end battle ship, I still acceptable but not our LMS. 2 years to get the 1st ship, I feel the time a bit too long. Maybe is because the China Ship building schedule is full.

  2. While at the same time, india takes delivery of its first (out of six) scorpene submarine, while another is in trials.

  3. I feel like DCNS bites more they can chew when it comes to projects. *sigh* Hopefully KD Maharaja Lela will be mission capable by mid 2018

    What do you mean by that? Most of the DCNS projects especially those done in France are completed on time. As far as I could remember of hand the only late one was our submarine project.

  4. Michael,

    2 years to build the LMS is considered standard. You can’t really reduce it much further, what with equipment delivery times, especially those related to guns and electronic sensors and effectors.

  5. Any news about the weapon packages for the LCS and LMS? Really hope both are capable in 3 dimensional warfare (subsurface, surface and air).

    Please read the earlier posts on LCS and LMS to get the answer. I have nothing further to add

  6. Off topic

    The british MoD is having a fire sale of defence hardwares

    Some items that is for sale

    – hms ocean helicopter carrier
    – hms scott hydrographic ship
    – c-130j hercules
    – training aircrafts
    – helicopters
    – warthog tracked apcs
    – various other armoured tracked vehicles
    – ammunitions

    It would be good for malaysia to look at

    – seakings as spareparts for nuri
    – additional super lynx asw helicopters
    – additional jernas units
    – tracked starstreaks
    – scimitar mk2 as replacement of the old scorpions in para brigade.

    I have not heard anything on the latest one but as I mentioned before the navy passed on the River class while the MMEA was interested until they were told that they need to pay for it

  7. Correct me if i’m wrong, but from my limited knowledge of what i’ve seen and read, our ship has a displacement of 3100 tonnes. The above states 2500 tonnes. Which is more precise?

    Ours is the LCS variant with 3100 tonnes while the Egyptian one is the standard Gowind 2500 variant.

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