France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi

France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi 7 June, 2019

Abu Dhabi has ordered two Gowind corvettes worth €750 million from Naval Group, La Tribune reported quoting unidentified sources who confirm an initial report in the ‘Intelligence Online’ newsletter.

The contract, reportedly signed on March 25, may however be blocked by Germany which has decreed an embargo on weapon deliveries to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as the two ships are to be powered by diesel engines produced by Germany’s MTU.

According to La Tribune, the contract was originally announced by French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2017.

Displacing 2,700 tonnes, the two corvettes are to be armed with Raytheon Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSM) for air-defence, and MBDA’s Exocet MM40 anti-ship missiles.

France Wins €750M Order from Abu Dhabi

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