Egypt receives third Meko-A200 frigate from Germany

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Dec 2023

The Egyptian Navy received on Friday the third of four MEKO A-200 frigates contracted from Germany.

Meko-A200 frigate
Meko-A200 frigate

 

The Al-Qadeer was built by German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) at SBN Shipyard, according to a statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces on Tuesday.

Admiral Ashraf Attwa, the commander of the Egyptian Navy, raised the Egyptian flag on the frigate during the handover ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany on Friday.

The admiral delivered a speech conveying the greetings and appreciation of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces, and General Mohamed Zaki, the minister of defence and military production.

He highlighted the Navy’s recent efforts to modernize and develop its fleet and infrastructure, including docks, bases, and other services.

The handover ceremony was attended by commanders of the Egyptian and German navies, the Egyptian Ambassador to Germany, the Egyptian military attaché in Germany, and representatives of TKMS.

The Meko A200 class frigates, designed by Blohm+Voss (now part of TKMS), are renowned for their modular and adaptable design.

These frigates are 121 metres long and 16.4 metres wide; they have a draft of 4.4 metres and a displacement of 3,700 tons. They can reach a maximum speed of 28 knots.

They are armed with a Leonardo 127/64 LW 127 mm main gun, 16 MM-40 Exocet block three anti-ship missiles, 32 VLS for MBDA VL MICA NG surface-to-air missiles, and 2×2 MU90 Eurotorp torpedoes designed for anti-submarine warfare targets.

Egypt has already received the first two MEKO-A200 frigates: Al-Aziz in October 2022 and Al-Qahhar in May 2023.

In early December, President El-Sisi inaugurated the construction of the fourth and final MEKO A-200 during the third edition of the Egypt Defence Expo (EDEX 2023) in Cairo.

The fourth frigate, the Al-Gabar, is being built under license in Egypt’s Alexandria shipyards and is scheduled for delivery in October 2025.

Egypt has previously also acquired four submarines from TKMS.

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