Gowind-class corvette

Class overview
Builders: DCNS
Completed: 1
General characteristics
Type: Multi-purpose corvette
Displacement: 1,100 to 2,500 tons
Length: 90 to 105m
Beam: 13 to 14.2m
Speed: 22 to 27kt
Armament: 16 Mica RF air to air missiles or 16 Aster 15 SAMs
8 Exocet anti-ship missiles or 8 RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missiles or 8 RBS-15 Mk.3, 4 Hull mounted ASW torpedoes, CIWS 20, 30, 35mm, 4-8 12.7mm HMG, decoys
Aircraft carried: various types of UAVs
a helicopter, weighing up to 10 tons

Gowind is a family of steel monohull corvettes and offshore patrol vessels developed since 2006 by DCNS to conduct missions in littoral zone such as anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The Gowind family includes four corvettes with lengths from 85m to 105m and displacement from 1,000t to 2,500t.[1]

The Gowind can deploy Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs). An aft deck has been provided allowing for a 10-ton class helicopter or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operations.

Gowind's weapon system consists of a multi-functional radar and 16 Aster 15 or Mica vertical launch surface-to-air missiles. It can be armed with either 8 MM40 Exocet or Harpoon anti-ship missiles. The propulsion system is based on Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD) and includes water-jets for improved maneuverability in shallow waters and high-speed performance. There is no funnel on these ships. The radar and other sensors are mounted on a single central mast thus allowing 360-degree view. DCNS offers three variants of Gowind: Gowind 200, Gowind 170 and Gowind 120.

In July 2011, DCNS signed an agreement with KND Projects to build ships of this type at KND's shipyard in Simon's Town, South Africa.[2][3]

L'Adroit OPV

On 9 May 2010, DCNS started the building of one self-funded 1,410t Gowind patrol corvette called L'Adroit[4] and announced that the craft will be made available to the French Navy between 2012 and 2015.[5] The vessel is designed for patrol and sovereignty enforcement in littoral and exclusive economic zone waters and offers three weeks' endurance and a range of 8,000 nautical miles. Missions include special forces deployment by launching within 5 minutes and recovering two UFAST UFR 9.30 rigid-hulled inflatable boats from a stern ramp.


External links

  • Gowind Official website
  • Gowind corvettes at Naval-Technology.com
  • DCNS presented an export version of its FREMM Frigate and its Gowind range at Euronaval
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