Al-Qadeer Meko-A200 frigate arrives in Egypt's Alexandria from Germany

MENA , Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Dec 2023

The Al-Qadeer, the third of four MEKO A-200 frigates built by German shipbuilder Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS), arrived at in Alexandria on Sunday to join the country's navy, according to a statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces.

The arrival of the third Meko-A200 frigate at Egypt's Alexandria Naval Base on Sunday. Photo courtesy of the Armed Forces Spokesman


The move comes as part of the Navy’s recent efforts to modernize and develop its fleet and infrastructure, including docks, bases, and other services.

Two weeks ago, the Al-Qadeer was handed over to the Egyptian Navy in Bremerhaven, Germany.

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 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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