France, UAE conclude Gowind corvette negotiations

first_img View post tag: Gowind Share this article View post tag: Naval Group French shipbuilder Naval Group has concluded negotiations for the construction of two Gowind corvettes for the United Arab Emirates Navy.The deal is estimated to be worth around €750 million (US $850 million) and has options for an additional two units in the class.The contract signing was first reported by Intelligence Online and subsequently confirmed by a number of publications.Naval Group is yet to confirm the conclusion of the negotiation process.The formal contract follows an announcement made by French president Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Dubai in November 2017.The corvettes are turning into an export success for the French shipbuilder as it has already supplied Gowind ships to the Egyptian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Navy.Versions built so far range from 102 to 111 meters and displace between 2,600 and 3,000 tons.Egyptian corvettes are equipped with a 76mm Oto Melara gun, vertical launch cells for MBDA’s MICA missile and torpedo launchers.Gowind will be the Royal Malaysian Navy’s prime surface combatant and will carry the Kongsberg-built Naval Strike Missile, MBDA’s VL MICA missiles, a Bofors 57mm Mk3 gun in a stealth casing and an automated MSI Seahawk 30mm gun. For anti-submarine warfare, the ships will be fitted with J+S torpedo launcher systems.center_img Photo: Naval Group file photo of a Gowind corvette View post tag: UAE Navylast_img read more

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Bermuda beat Guadeloupe to lift Caribbean crown

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda,  (CMC) – Bermuda have been crowned Caribbean champions for the first time in seven years after beating Guadeloupe 33-10 in the Rugby Americas North Championship final at the National Sports Centre’s North Field here on Saturday.Bermuda led 14-0 at the break but then came under pressure as Guadeloupe reduced the deficit to four points with a penalty and a converted try before the home side forged clear again.Alex Brown, who opened the scoring in the first minute, and Jamie Baum each scored two tries for Bermuda, who were also awarded a second-half penalty try.Dan Cole converted four of the tries as Bermuda regained the title they last won when they beat Guyana 18-0 here in 2012.Yann Guenec opened Guadeloupe’s account with a 52nd minute penalty and Alexandre Dagorn scored a try after stealing the ball on the halfway line, Guenec converting to reduce Bermuda’s lead to a slender four points.But the pressure was lifted when Bermuda were awarded a 64th-minute penalty try.Bermuda’s head coach Jamie Barnwell, who took over the post in January, was delighted with the victory.“We set ourselves this goal in January and to get across the line is fantastic. The boys have done a great job and so obviously we’re all very happy with that,” he said.“This is a really important milestone for the team. There wasn’t any space for us not to win, we had to get a result to continue the trajectory we’ve been on and the boys did just that, it’s been a great team effort.Bermuda began their campaign with a 43-14 win over Jamaica in their opener here in March.Barnwell’s side had expected a daunting trip to Guyana, who were highly fancied to overcome Guadeloupe in their respective regional encounter.However, with Guyana suffering a shock 19-5 defeat, Bermuda were handed the major boost of home advantage for Saturday’s final.last_img read more

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