Egypt Navy is eyeing to acquire two German MEKO A200 frigate at a cost of 1 billion Euros.
According to a French national newspaper, Le Tribune, Egypt is at an advanced stage negotiating with Germany for the two units aimed at boosting its naval capabilities.
The MEKO A200 is a frigate design by the Blohm + Voss shipyard of Germany, as part of the MEKO family of warships
The MEKO A200 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) class frigate features a towed range sonar and an adjustable depth sonar.
A Look at MEKO A200 ASW
- Its vertical launching system (VLS) can accommodate surface-to-air missiles and anti-submarine rockets.
- The ship can accommodate up to two light Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) helicopters.
- Has eight Anti-ship missiles.
- 2 RAM close-in weapon systems, and a 127mm naval gun complete the weapon system.
- MEKO A200 ASW frigate also includes a 3D phased array radar and a 2D long range search radar.
- Can accommodate a crew of about 100 people and 20 troops.
- Dimensions: Beam: 16.3 meter (53 foot) and Length of 121 meters (397 foot).
- Max Range: 7,400 kilometers (3,996 nautical mile)
- Can cruise at a speed of 20 knots (10.3 mps)
- Maximum top Speed: 27 knots (13.9 mps)
- Weight: Full Displacement: 3,500 tons.
Other African countries with similar naval vessel;
South Africa between; acquired four between 2006 and 2007, while Algeria ordered two class frigates (MEKO A200 AN) and were commissioned in 2015 and 2016.