Naval Group submits offer for Hellenic Navy’s corvette program

French shipbuilder Naval Group has submitted an offer for the Hellenic Navy’s new corvette program, which will be based on the existing design of Gowind corvettes.

The French offer for the corvettes is a comprehensive and robust package designed for Greece.

Construction of the 1st Gowind® corvette in France will ensure operation by Greece in the shortest timeframe with a flag transfer only 3 years after the coming into force of the contract.

The following units will be built in Greece by Hellenic Shipyards with the first corvette built in
Greece delivered only one year after the first unit and then a pace of one Gowind every 12
months.

Furthermore, the training of Hellenic partners during the production of the first ship will secure the transfer of technology to allow the construction of the corvettes in Greece.

This will ensure long-term autonomy for the Hellenic Navy and significant economic benefits for the Hellenic naval and defence industries and for the supply chain in Greece.

The construction of the three corvettes in Greece thanks to Naval Group’s transfer of technology will sustain more than 1,200 jobs in our partner shipyard while production of equipment in Greece will sustain more than 150 for the construction but also repairs, according to the company.

As the ships will be in service for more than 40 years, the follow-on support will also offer opportunities for up to 500 highly qualified jobs.

Beyond the corvette program, Naval Group’s Hellenic Industry Participation plan (HIP) will develop new capacities in the Greek industry.

Gowind corvette design has been selected by four navies including Egypt and UAE.

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The Gowind corvette is a multi-mission surface combatant providing multiple simultaneous capabilities and designed to achieve the full spectrum of naval defense operations and maritime security roles.

The corvettes are 102 meters long with a maximum width of 16 meters and a draft of 5.4 meters, featuring a displacement of 2,800 tonnes.

They can be armed with weapon systems tailored to the country’s mission requirements. The weapon systems include water cannons, 12.7mm remotely controlled machine guns, 20mm machine gun, 76mm naval gun on the forward gun deck, anti-ship missiles, ship self-defense system, and electronic warfare suite.