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Construction has started on the first Gowind 2500 corvette built in Egypt at Alexandria Shipyard.

In June 2014, French shipyard DCNS won a contract to build four ships for Egypt.

Under the contract, which went into force last year, DCNS will offer technical assistance and management teams during the construction of the vessel at the Egyptian shipyard.

The first corvette is being constructed by DCNS in Lorient while the other three vessels will be constructed by Alexandria Shipyard.

As part of a construction technology transfer agreement, DCNS will also provide training to the Egyptian shipyard staff at its site in Lorient and deliver all technical data required to construct the corvettes and necessary components.

The Gowind 2500 corvettes will cater to the navy’s requirement for a comprehensive and multi-mission combat vessel for sovereignty and maritime protection operations and to combat illicit trafficking.

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"The first corvette is being constructed by DCNS in Lorient while the other three vessels will be constructed by Alexandria Shipyard."

With a displacement capacity of 2500t, the corvettes are powered by a diesel-driven propeller and waterjet system and are capable of cruising at a maximum speed between 22k and 27k, while accommodating 50 to 75 crew and passengers.

The vessels will be incorporated with a DCNS developed SETIS combat system, panoramic sensors and an intelligence module (PSIM).

Additional features include an assembly that brings together the integrated mast with its various instruments, along with the operational centre, its associated technical rooms and the high-degree of integration, automation and conviviality of the DCNS systems.

In addition to this contract, DCNS won a first contract for the Royal Malaysian Navy, which includes the design and construction of six corvettes in Malaysia at the Boustead Naval Shipyard through technology transfer.

Image: Alexandria Shipyard cuts metal to build the first Gowind corvette in Egypt. Photo: courtesy of DCNS.