GOWIND 200 CLASS
Gowind 220 is steel monohull corvette designed to deploy Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and Underwater Unmanned Vehicles (UUVs).
The Gowind corvettes are ocean-capable vessels with capability for emerging missions such as anti-piracy, sea control and denial, combat, counter-terrorism, drug interdiction and anti-smuggling operations, oil and gas platform protection, search and rescue, fisheries protection, environmental protection and humanitarian support.
An aft deck has been provided allowing for up to 10-ton class helicopters, or even Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) launch.
system builds around a Setis combat system with a multi-functional
radar, and 16 vertical-launch cells for Aster 15 or Mica-VL anti-air
missiles. It can also be armed with 8 MM40 Exocet or Harpoon anti-ship
missiles, and carries a naval gun.
The ship's propulsion system is based on Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD)
but has no gas exhaust chimney, channelling it into the water-jets to
create manoeuvrability in shallow waters, high-speed performance,
improved infrared signature, and improved visibility for its
Dozens of Bulgarian engineers and technicians would
need be trained in France as part of these arrangements, and French
unions have already expressed concerns that outsourcing to Bulgaria's
cheaper shipyards may become permanent build locations as DCNS works
to sell these ships abroad.