The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has finalised a contract for two Gowind corvettes that will be built by France’s Naval Group, the French newspaper La Tribune reported corroborating sources as saying on 7 June.
It said the contract was signed “very discreetly” on 25 March and the ships would be equipped with the SETIS combat management system, MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles, and Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs) for air defence instead of the MBDA VL MICA fitted to Egypt’s Gowinds, the sources said.
The UAE’s acquisition of two Gowinds was originally announced during a visit to Abu Dhabi by French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2017.
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