Client navies frequently make technology transfers a key component of major naval programmes in order to meet sovereignty requirements and strengthen local industries.
Many countries embarking on major naval programmes aim to maximise the benefits for their local industries, or, more specifically, to develop or strengthen their expertise, expand their economy, create jobs, and ensure their technological and operational independence. France has long responded favourably to such requests, and, in the process, has won a reputation as a world leader as regards the scale and scope of its technology transfer programmes. The French naval defence industry in particular is currently engaged in major TT programmes in a number of countries.
Surface combatant programmes: In 2008 and 2009, Singapore-based partner ST Marine delivered five Formidable-class frigates built with DCNS technical assistance. In 2016, DCNS began a new programme in Egypt, setting up a local office and working in partnership with Alexandria Shipyard to build three Gowind 2500 corvettes. As for the Formidable-class frigates, the first of class was built in France where employees of the client’s local contractors received on-site training. Some 300 Egyptian engineers and technicians are working at DCNS’s Lorient yard on the construction of the Elfateh corvette, the first of the new class, scheduled for completion in 2017. The Elfateh’s sisterships will be built in Alexandria, with the first scheduled for completion in 2020.
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