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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Toure talks up Reds’ European dream

first_imgNew Liverpool defender Kolo Toure hopes he can play a major part in helping the club regain its Champions League status. Toure continued: “I would like to be remembered as someone who did very well and that is why I am here. At the moment Liverpool are not in the top four but they have the history, the quality, the players and the mentality as well. “This club is a winning club and I want to be part of history here, that’s why I came – to try to build the team as far as we can, to be top four or to win a trophy. “We just want to win trophies and want to play in the Champions League as well. There are a lot of good teams out there but with the squad we’ve got, we have great players and a great mentality here, we can do very well this season.” Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has signed Toure to add more experience to his defence, a role Jamie Carragher was asked to perform having been reinstated in the second half of the season prior to his retirement. “Of course my experience is going to be important. I know Jamie Carragher was a really important player for this football club,” Toure added. “He’s retired now and Liverpool had to look for somebody who can replace him. I’m the one and it’s a big honour. He has been a fantastic player for England and this football club. He was a great leader. What I will try to do is not going to be easy, but I will do my best.” Fellow new signing Simon Mignolet is also confident the club can make the top four again. His first task may be to displace Jose Reina as first-choice goalkeeper but he knows the bigger picture is to regain Champions League status. Mignolet said: “For me it’s a big step forward. I spoke to the manager and he told me that it’s going to be a big step forward.” The Ivory Coast international played in the competition with Arsenal and Manchester City, although last season he was left out of the European squad by then manager Roberto Mancini. Having arrived at Anfield on a free transfer after his contract expired in Manchester he is looking to secure a return to Europe’s premier club competition. “Last season I didn’t play, I was out of the (Champions League) squad,” he said. “It has been a tough time but this season is going to be a great season for Liverpool. To be part of the team who can bring the club back to the Champions League would be amazing. That’s what I’m looking for.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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