On 10 October, DCNS signed a contract with the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt for the supply of two MISTRAL-class projection and commandships (BPCs). After the delivery of a FREMM frigate and the construction of four GOWIND® 2500 corvettes, currently on-going,this agreement strengthens the strategic relations with the Egyptian Navy, initiated by the Group in 2014. By 2020, the Egyptian Navy will deploy a fleet of at least seven combat ships designed and built by DCNS.
Hervé Guillou, Chairman and CEO of DCNS announced that: “After the contracts for the supply of four GOWIND® corvettes and a FREMM frigate, we are proud that the Egyptian Navy continues to place its trust in us today bysigning a contract for the delivery of two MISTRAL-class BPCs. With 7 combat shipsalready ordered to date and a latest-generation frigate already in operation in the Egyptian Navy, DCNS is thus participating in the modernization of the defence infrastructureof this strategic French ally.”
The two projection and commandships (BPCs) ordered by the Egyptian Navy from DCNS will join their home port in thesummer of2016, after the training of the future crews. This training will be given mainly over the 1st half of 2016 in Saint-Nazaire.
With regard to associated BPC support ships, DCNS will supply in particular four new-generation landing crafts(CTM NG), designed by the Group as an integrated system to an amphibious force organized around MISTRAL ships, and two fast landing crafts (EDAR),designed and built by CNIM.
A long-term partnership with the Egyptian Navy
Considering that the first of the four future GOWIND®corvettesfor the Egyptian Navy is already being built, that the other three will be assembled in Egypt in Alexandria and that the FREMM Tahya Misr frigate was already delivered to the Egyptian Navy on 23 June 2015, the signature of this new contract further strengthens the strategic partnership developed between DCNS and the Egyptian Navy.
By 2020, the Group will have supplied at least seven ships to Egyptcontributing to the modernization of its defencemechanisms.
This strong partnership between the Arab Republic of Egyptand theFrench Republic is reinforced by DCNS’ commitment to accompany the Egyptian Navy in the long term, especially with theunfailing support of dedicated service teams for the maintenance of main warships. The Group also states its presence in a wider project of industrial cooperation with theEgyptian party in the field of construction and maintenance of major program units.
Once again, due to this historical agreement, DCNS expects to build apartnership with the Egyptian Navybut also with Egyptian shipyards with which the Group intends to build a long-term cooperation. That is howDCNS has decided to invest in the Egyptian Industry to mutuallydevelop the essential knowledge and means to support a leading Navy.