Gowind 2500 Class

Operator: Egypt
Status: On Order
Number: 4
Ships: Unknown
Cost: €1 billion
Acquired: Ordered June 2014; Delivery expected in 2017
General Specs:
Country of origin: France
Class: Corvette
Manufacturer: DCNS
Introduced: 2010
Displacement: 2,600 tons
Length: 333.4 ft (102 m)
Beam: 52.5 ft (16 m)
Draft: 11.8 ft (3.6 m)
Hull Material:
Speed: 28.8 mph (25 kt)
Range: 5,753.9 miles (9,260 km/5,000 nm) @15 kt
Endurance: 3 weeks without replenishment
Fuel Capacity:
Crew: 65
Guns: 1 x 57mm or 76mm gun
2 x remote control small caliber guns
Anti-air: 16 x MICA VL
Anti-ship: 8 x Exocet MM40
Other: Torpedo launching system
Radar/Sensors: SETIS combat system
3D search radar
Sonar suite
Defense/ Countermeasures: Electronic warfare (EW) suite
Other: Landing deck for 10 ton helicopter
UAV operations capability



DCNS Completes Egypt’s First Gowind Corvette

French shipbuilder DCNS has completed assembly of the first Gowind 2500 corvette for the Egyptian Navy at its facility in Lorient. The vessel will soon be fitted with weapons and equipment for delivery in 2017. Alexandria Shipyard is building the other three Gowinds on order, and in April this year cut the first steel in […]


Egypt, France To Sign Arms Deal Mid-April

Egypt and France plan to sign agreements for the purchase of weapons that include fighter aircraft, navy vessels and a military satellite communication system worth €1 billion (US $1.1 billion) during the forthcoming visit of French President Francois Hollande to Cairo, according to French news site La Tribune. La Tribune reported that the deal, which is […]


Egypt Eyeing More Arms Contracts with France

Egypt is on the verge of buying two more Gowind 2500 corvettes and two other warships from France, as well as a military satellite. This is according to France’s La Tribune newspaper, which reported on Tuesday the deals would be worth more than a billion euros. They are expected to be signed during a visit […]


Egypt Interested in More Corvettes

Egypt is considering purchasing two corvettes from France, after taking delivery of a FREMM frigate earlier this month and expecting four Gowind corvettes in the coming years. A French diplomat told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Saturday that there is a bid for two more corvettes, with discussions ongoing. French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian […]


Egypt’s Sisi in Paris in Search of Legitimacy, Firepower

French President François Hollande was hosting his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (pictured) on Wednesday at the start of a two-day visit in which regional security and economic investment will top the agenda. Sisi was scheduled to have lunch with Hollande at the Elysée palace around noon, then to meet with French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian […]

MBDA Details MM 40 Block 3 Orders

European missile house MBDA has revealed that it has now secured orders for approximately 400 MM 40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missiles and more than 50 firing installations from nine customers worldwide. The latest instantiation of the Exocet sea-skimming anti-ship missile line, the MM 40 Block 3 embodies significant performance and technology improvements, including air-breathing […]


DCNS Cuts Deal With Egypt for 4 Gowind Ships

French shipbuilder DCNS has sold four Gowind warships to Egypt, with the first 2,500-ton corvette to be built in France and the remaining three in Alexandria through a technology transfer, a company spokesman said Friday. The contract was signed in June and has now gone into effect, the spokesman said. The spokesman declined to confirm the €1 […]