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UAE Reportedly Moves Forward with Gowind Corvette Buy (French warship)
Defence & Security Monitor ^ | June 7, 2019 | Derek Bisaccio

Posted on 06/07/2019 7:16:22 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Egyptian Navy Gowind Corvette El Fateh (971). Source: Ahmed XIV/Wikimedia Commons

The United Arab Emirates has reportedly finalized a contract for the procurement of at least two Gowind corvettes.

On June 7, French publication La Tribune reported that the UAE had completed a deal for two Gowind corvettes. The agreement, valued at around EUR750 million, was reportedly signed in March of this year, but was not announced. The Gowind corvettes, which are built by France’s Naval Group, are to come equipped with Raytheon’s RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles to protect from aerial threats as well as MM40 Exocet anti-shipping missiles, produced by MBDA.

In addition to the two on order, the UAE has an option for another two corvettes.

The Emirati purchase of the Gowind corvette was first announced in November 2017, when French President Emmanuel Macron stated while in Dubai that a deal had been reached. Since then, however, the completion of the contract had been at an impasse for unspecified reasons. According to La Tribune, Naval Group CEO Hervé Guillou’s visit to the UAE in December 2018 was crucial in moving the deal forward.

However, the agreement still faces a potential challenge from Germany, which has been blocking the export of its military hardware to Saudi Arabia and the UAE since last year. The vessels are to be powered by German-made engines, giving Berlin a veto on the export customer.

La Tribune said that Naval Group offered no details.

Germany announced its ban on the export of arms to Saudi Arabia following the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Germany was already moving toward an embargo over the conflict in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia and the UAE are leading a coalition to oust Ansar Allah, an Iranian-backed rebel group, from the capital, Sana’a. Germany announced a six-month renewal of the ban – which covers the UAE as well – earlier this year, despite lobbying from France and the U.K. to end it.

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TOPICS: Egypt; Foreign Affairs; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arabnato; armsbuildup; corvette; gowind; muslimworld; navalgroup; navy; uae

1 posted on 06/07/2019 7:16:22 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Who they gonna hire to maintain and crew it?

2 posted on 06/07/2019 7:20:55 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: Grimmy

Egypt can, You must be thinking of SA, which needs surrogate sailers and maintenance.

3 posted on 06/07/2019 7:23:43 AM PDT by davidb56
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To: Grimmy

They have been blue water sailors since the beginning of time.

The largest port maintenance company in the world is a UAE company

4 posted on 06/07/2019 7:26:05 AM PDT by bert ( (KE. NP. N.C. +12)There were Democrat espionage operations on Republican candidates)
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