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 visited Cairo on Saturday as part of an African tour.
In July 2014 Egypt signed a roughly 1 billion euro contract with French shipyard DCNS to supply four Gowind 2500 corvettes. Metal was cut for the first vessel on 16 April this year with delivery scheduled for September 2017. The remaining three corvettes will be built from next year by Alexandria Shipyards in Egypt and will be delivered between September 2018 and July 2019, reports Security and Defence Arabia. […]