Gowind-class corvette

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Class overview
Name: Gowind class
Builders: DCNS

 Egyptian Navy (4) + (2) (future)[1][2][3]

 Royal Malaysian Navy (6) (future)[4]
Subclasses: Kership
Building: 6
Planned: 10[2][4]
General characteristics
Class and type: Gowind class (Gowind 2500)[5]
Displacement: 2500 tons
Length: 102 m (335 ft)
Propulsion: CODAD
Speed: 25 knots (46 km/h; 29 mph)
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Endurance: 11 days
Boats and landing
craft carried:
2 × 9 m (30 ft) RHIBs
Complement: 80
Sensors and
processing systems:
SMART-S 3D radar
Armament: Gowind 2500 specification[6]
Aircraft carried: 1 × 5-tons helicopter or 1 × 10-tons helicopter (supported)
Schiebel Camcopter S-100[7]
Aviation facilities: helicopter pad and hangar

The Gowind design is a family of steel monohull corvettes developed since 2006 by DCNS to conduct missions in littoral zone such as anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The Gowind family includes vessels with lengths from 85m to 102m and displacement from 1,000t to 2,500t.[8]

The Gowind design can deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs). An aft deck has been provided allowing for a 10-ton class helicopter or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations.

The platform's weapon system consists of a multi-functional radar and MICA SAM. It is armed with Exocet anti ship missiles. The propulsion system is based on Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD) and includes water-jets for improved maneuverability in shallow waters and high-speed performance. There is no funnel on these ships. The radar and other sensors are mounted on a single central mast thus allowing 360-degree view. DCNS offers two variants of the design: Gowind 1000 and Gowind 2500.


Main article: Kership

The Gowind class originally consisted of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) but after a rearrangement of products DCNS decided to remove the OPV from the Gowind class and develop the OPVs as a class of their own with L'Adroit top of the range. To do so it formed the Kership joint venture with the Piriou shipyard in Concarneau, Brittany in May 2013 to build and market lightly armed and armoured OPVs for customs, fishing and other home security missions. DCNS said this would enable it to concentrate on "developing relations" with clients seeking, heavily armed and armoured warships while Kership handles the more civilian-standard OPVs.[9]

Class specifications[edit]

Gowind 1000[edit]

The Gowind 1000 is a 1000 ton corvette which is well armed and fast. It is well-suited for protection, escort and embargo naval missions in a littoral environment. The Gowind 1000 can also perform presence, surveillance, intelligence and policing missions. It is armed with:

Gowind 2500[edit]

The The Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette is designed for surveillance, surface and subsurface combat, protection and escort naval missions. It can also perform presence, maritime surveillance and policing missions against trafficking and piracy.

The GOWIND® 2500 capitalizes on DCNS’s developments and know-how in the field of vessel stealth. The vessel is equipped with a helicopter deck for the permanent deployment on the high seas of a heavy aircraft and airborne drones. It is armed with:



Egypt has signed a €1bn contract with French naval systems group DCNS to buy four Gowind 2,500 ton corvettes with an option for two more. Three of the corvettes will be built locally by a shipyard in Alexandria. It was apparently the former general, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, who decided these were the ships he wanted rather than the Meko A200 being offered by German group ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) or the Sigma corvette proposed by Damen of the Netherlands. The corvettes selected by Egypt would be of the "Combat" type as the vessels are set to be fitted by MBDA's VL Mica surface to air and Exocet anti-ship missiles.[1][9][10][11]


See Second Generation Patrol Vessel

Malaysia is designing and building 6 stealth frigates displacing 3100 tons, based on the design of the Gowind corvette.[12]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Cabirol, Michel (15 September 2014). "Armement : nouveaux clins d'oeil de l'Egypte à la France" (in French). La Tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cabirol, Michel (5 March 2014). "L'Egypte sur le point de s'offrir quatre Gowind de DCNS pour 1 milliard d'euros" (in French). La Tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Egyptian Navy would be about to order 4 to 6 Gowind Combat Corvettes from DCNS". 5 March 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Malaysian Ministry of Defence Confirms Construction of Gowind ships for LCS program". navyrecognition.com. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Products - Corvettes". DCNS. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "At Balt military expo 2014 DCNS unveiled the new Gowind 1000 corvette". navyrecognition.com. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Blama, Andrea. "CAMCOPTER S-100 Integration into DCNS New Class of Offshore Patrol Vessel" (PDF). Schiebel. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  8. ^ "Gowind Corvettes, France". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  9. ^ a b Mackenzie, Christina (6 June 2014). "Egypt buys four Gowind corvettes". Aviation Week. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Egyptian Navy would be about to order 4 to 6 Gowind Combat Corvettes from DCNS". navyrecognition.com. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "DCNS Started the Construction of the First GOWIND 2500 Corvette for the Egyptian Navy". 20 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette". navyrecognition.com. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 

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