France-based group DCNS has successfully completed the maiden sea trials of the first Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette, which is currently being built by the company in Lorient, France.
The sea trials were conducted in order to determine the conception and production quality of the company's new range of vessels.
DCNS Programmes senior vice-president Pierre Legros said: “The sea trials of the Gowind 2500 corvette once again illustrate DCNS’ industrial capacity to manage and realise major programmes, with products meeting the needs of our customers.”
DCNS marketing vice-president Eric Chaplet added: “It is a very important moment for DCNS: the Gowind corvette, designed especially for the international market, is now sea proven.
“We are very proud to announce that, with the Gowind 2500 corvette, DCNS now has the last generation vessel to strengthen its product line geared to the international naval defence market.”
DCNS has currently received orders from international navies to supply ten Gowind 2500 corvettes; the remaining nine ships will be construction in Egypt and Malaysia on the basis of a technology transfer realised by DCNS.
The 102m-long and 16m-wide DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette has the capability to displace 2,600t and can accommodate 80 crew members, including helicopter detachment.
The corvette has a range of 3,700nm at a speed of 15k.
Image: DCNS Gowind 2500 corvette. Photo: courtesy of DCNS Group.