UAE to Acquire Two Gowind-Class Corvettes

Agence France Presse (AFP)23.11.2017 UAE
UAE to Acquire Two Gowind-Class Corvettes

UAE to Acquire Two Gowind-Class Corvettes

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has closed a deal to buy two French-made Gowind navy corvettes, built for coastal surveillance and anti-submarine warfare, French President Emmanuel Macron said during his visit to Dubai earlier this month.

The deal for the Gowind-class corvettes built by France’s Naval Group was announced at the end of a two-day visit to the UAE, an ally of France and longtime client of Western defense industries.

Macron gave no details on the deal.

The UAE in February signed deals for arms purchases worth more than $5.2 billion, including with US company Raytheon and Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

Multiple defense companies had lined up to sell their versions of the surveillance vessel to the UAE, including Italy’s Fincantieri, ahead of this announcement.

Meanwhile, Egypt has received the first of four Gowind corvettes it ordered from Naval Group, the company’s first sale of the monohull.

The UAE in February signed deals for arms purchases worth more than $5.2 billion, including with US company Raytheon and Russian arms exporter Rosoboronexport. 

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