Gowind-class corvette

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Offshore Patrol Ship Adroit
French Offshore Patrol Ship L'Adroit
Class overview
Builders: DCNS

 French Navy (1)
 Royal Malaysian Navy (6) (future)[1]

 Egyptian Navy (4) + (2) (future)[2][3][4]
Planned: 10[1][3]
Completed: 1
General characteristics
Class & type: Gowind class
Displacement: 1,450 t (1,450 t) (full load)
Length: 285.43 ft (87.00 m)
Beam: 36.1 ft (11.0 m)
Draft: 10.82 ft (3.30 m)
Installed power: Electrical:
Propulsion: 2 Anglo Belgian Corporation V12 diesel engines, 5.6 MW
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Range: 8,000 nmi (14,800 km; 9,200 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 30 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
2 × 9 m (30 ft) RHIBs
Complement: 30 core crew, up to 29 troops
Sensors and
processing systems:

DCNS Polaris combat management system
Terma Scanter 6002 I-Band surface search radar
Terma Scanter 4102 I-Band air and surface search radar
Sagem EOMS (Electro Optical Multisensor System) NG
Sagem SIGMA 40D Inertial measurement unit

LinkSrechts Helicopter visual landing aid system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:

Thales Altesse & Vigile LW ESM/COMINT system

Lacroix Defense & Security Sylena decoy system

1 × 20 mm cannon

2 × .50-cal machine guns
Aircraft carried:

1 × 5-tons helicopter or 1 × 10-tons helicopter (supported)

Schiebel Camcopter S-100[5]
Aviation facilities: helicopter pad and hangar

The Gowind design is a family of steel monohull frigates, corvettes and offshore patrol vessels 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 105m and displacement from 1,000t to 2,500t.[6] The Second Generation Patrol Vessel is a class of six 3100 ton stealth frigates being built for Royal Malaysian Navy, based on the design of the Gowind.

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 Aster 15 or Aster 30 or MICA SAM. It can be armed with either 8 Exocet or 8 Harpoon SSM. 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 three variants of the Gowind platform: Gowind 200, Gowind 170 and Gowind 120.



On 9 May 2010, DCNS started the building of one self-funded 1,410t Gowind patrol corvette called L'Adroit[7] and announced that the craft will be made available to the French Navy between 2012 and 2015.[8] The vessel is designed for patrol and sovereignty enforcement in littoral and exclusive economic zone waters and offers three weeks' endurance and a range of 8,000 nautical miles. Missions include special forces deployment by launching within 5 minutes and recovering two UFAST UFR 9.30 rigid-hulled inflatable boats from a stern ramp.


See Second Generation Patrol Vessel

Malaysia is building 6 stealth frigates based on the design of the Gowind corvette, with each ship displacing 3100 tons.[9]


According to French financial newspaper La Tribune, the Egyptian Navy is about to order 4 Gowind class corvettes. 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.[10][2]



  1. ^ a b "Malaysian Ministry of Defence Confirms Construction of Gowind ships for LCS program". navyrecognition.com. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Cabirol, Michel (15 September 2014). "Armement : nouveaux clins d'oeil de l'Egypte à la France". La Tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2014.  (French)
  3. ^ a b Cabirol, Michel (5 March 2014). "L'Egypte sur le point de s'offrir quatre Gowind de DCNS pour 1 milliard d'euros". La Tribune. Retrieved 26 September 2014.  (French)
  4. ^ "Egyptian Navy would be about to order 4 to 6 Gowind Combat Corvettes from DCNS". 5 March 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Blama, Andrea. "CAMCOPTER S-100 Integration into DCNS New Class of Offshore Patrol Vessel". Schiebel. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gowind Corvettes, France". naval-technology.com. Retrieved 2 October.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Le premier patrouilleur du type Gowind sera baptisé L'Adroit". meretmarine.com. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010.  (French)
  8. ^ Tran, Pierre (4 May 2010). "DCNS To Finance OPV, Offer It to French Navy". defensenews.com. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  9. ^ "Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette". navyrecognition.com. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 26 September 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. 

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