Egyptian Navy launch Gowind class corvette, Al-Moez

Alexandria Shipyard Company has delivered the second Gowind class Corvette; Al-Moez, built in-country with the help of France’s Naval Group to the Egyptian Navy.

Al-Moez was launched on 12 May during a ceremony attended by the Commander of the Egyptian Navy Vice Admiral Ahmed Khaled, Chief of Staff of Egypt’s military General Mohamed Farid, chairman of Alexandria Shipyard and the Consul General of France in Alexandria, Janina Herrera.

Al-Moez is the second of a total of four ships to be built locally by Egypt. Four Gowind vessels was ordered from France’s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) for one billion euros in 2017, with three to be built in Egypt. The first vessel, ENS El Fateh, was built in France and delivered to Egypt in October 2017.

Egyptian Navy’s Second Gowind 2500 Multi-Mission Corvette, ENS Port Said was launched in September 2018. Egypt’s Gowind class corvette is fitted with the Naval Group’s SETIS combat management system including Panoramic Sensors and Intelligence Module (PSIM).

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Al-Moez; Gowind class corvette (MOD)

A panoramic bridge offers 360° visibility and a single enclosed mast offers 360° sensor visibility. The mast integrates the SETIS combat management system as well as most sensors of the Gowind corvette including SMART-S radar and electronic warfare equipment (including Sylena decoy launchers).

Egypt’s vessels are equipped with 16 VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles and eight Exocet MM40 surface-to-surface missiles as well as one 76 mm and two 20 mm guns. The vessels can each carry one medium helicopter and will be fitted with torpedo launchers. Sensors include a Kingklip sonar and Captas 2 towed sonar.

The Egyptian Gowind 2500 has a total length of 102 metres, a width of 16 metres, displacement of 2 600 tonnes and a maximum speed of 25 knots. Range at 15 knots is 3 700 nautical miles. Including a helicopter detachment, crew is 65 persons.

Naval Group has also established an Egyptian subsidiary called Alexandria Naval with the aim of providing in-service support for the delivered vessels.

Few weeks ago, TKMS delivered the third of four Type 209/1400mod submarines for the Egyptian Navy.

Darek Liam

Darek Liam is the North African editor for AMB, where he writes about the intersection of Technology and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade, previously as African Union correspondent.