Photo credit: Naval Press Service, N. Nitz
On 22 September Egypt took delivery of the El Fateh, the first of four French-built Gowind 2500-class corvettes planned under a 2014 contract. Construction began in September 2015 and took place at the DCNS shipyard in Lorient, France. The 2,600-ton warship was built using a modular design that minimizes construction time. Fitted with a helicopter landing pad and hangar, the 335-foot El Fateh has a 52-foot beam and carries a crew of 80, including the helicopter detachment. The new corvette carries a SETIS combat system and an integrated sensor mast. She will likely be armed with MICA surface-to-air missiles, Exocet antiship missiles, and torpedo tubes, in addition to a three-inch gun. With a top speed of 25 knots, the class has a range of 3,700 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots. Egypt’s three remaining Gowind 2500 corvettes are expected to be built domestically for delivery by 2020.
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