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Malaysia Becomes First Export Customer for Gowind
Posted by Christina Mackenzie at 12/21/2011 5:57 AM CST
DCNS, through its local partner in Malaysia, Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), has won its first export contract for a Gowind ship. The €2.14 bn deal has been signed by BNS with the Malaysian government for six Gowind-class corvettes, the biggest of the Gowind family developed on its own funds by the French military naval systems group.
The Gowind corvette is in the background.
DCNS went ahead and built the first-of-class Adroit, the smallest of the Gowinds, which is currently being lent to the French Navy (see my posts on 10/21/11 and 1/27/11) despite having no firm orders. The gamble has obviously paid off with Malaysia becoming the first export customer for the ship. The novelty of the Gowind-class is that the ships can be widely modified, a bit like an Ikea kitchen, to suit the customers' needs.
DCNS was in competition with the Dutch ship-builder Damen and the German group TKMS, one of the traditional suppliers to the Malaysian navy.
The six corvettes, the first of which will be delivered in 2017, the others following at six-monthly intervals, will be armed with a 57mm gun as well as surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes. The 107-m long, 2,400-ton ships will also carry a Eurocopter EC-275 helicopter.
BNS was selected early in December but the contract remained on hold for days because BNS and DCNS insisted that the ship adopt the SETIS combat management system designed by DCNS while the Royal Malaysian Navy wants another system, the Tacticos, developed by Thales and being integrated onto another of its vessels, the KD Kasturi. According to Malaysia's Sun Daily, the navy had hoped to reduce the number of combat management systems in its fleet to reduce training and support issues.