Naval Group | Launch of the first corvette Gowind for the UAE
Defence Redefined
Published on 07/12/2021 at 19:45

Two days after the agreement for the acquisition of a total of 80 4++ generation Rafale fighter jets from France, another great armament program takes shape for the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates. According to an announcement by the French company Naval Group, the first Gowind corvette for the UAE Navy was launched in the presence of the Commander of the Navy, Sheikh Saeed bin Hamdan Al-Nahyan, at the Lorient shipyard.

This constitutes a “milestone” in the strategic partnership between the two countries, which took place under the agreement worth 750 million euros (or 850 million US dollars) signed in June 2019 and concerns the purchase of two Gowind 2500 corvettes, with an option to acquire two more.

The launched corvette is “Bani Yas”, while the second corvette is already under construction and will be launched in 2022.

The Gowind 2500 type corvettes that will be acquired by the United Arab Emirates are also of interest in Greece for the Hellenic Navy, following the acquisition agreement of the Belharra frigates. The UAE vessels will have a total displacement of 2,700 tonnes and will be equipped with Naval Group’s SETIS combat management system, Exocet surface-to-surface missiles, and Raytheon’s Evolved Seasparrow surface-to-air missiles.

With information from: Naval Group,

Also read: Race against time for the participation of the Greek Defence Industry in new armament programs





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