Egypt to receive six Meko-200 Frigates from Germany

Construction of frigates under the MEKO A-200 project, as well as other ships from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems takes place on "modular" technology.

ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has started installing weapons and on-board equipment at its shipyard in Kiel, Germany, on the Al Aziz frigate, the first of six MEKO A-200 ships commissioned by the Egyptian Navy.

In particular, the Al Aziz ship is already equipped with a 127-mm bow artillery installation and the Thales NS100 3D (AESA) radar system, writes the Navy Recognition.

Germany and Egypt signed a contract for the construction of six frigates under the MEKO A-200 project in September 2018.

The agreement then provided that the Egyptian fleet would receive four such frigates, worth more than 2 billion euros. In April 2019, the parameters of the agreement were expanded – Egypt will receive from Germany six such frigates, three of which are built directly at the facilities in Egypt itself. These will be the first frigate-class ships to be built by Egypt, albeit with the technological support of foreign partners.

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Egypt was able to attract funding from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to finance a project to build frigates under a German project. There were their “geopolitical” motives – Egypt is an informal ally of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the fight against the Yemeni Hussites.

Egypt has decided to order six MEKO A-200 frigates from Germany instead of using an option from France to supply two more Gowind-2500 corvettes. The project of MEKO A-200 frigates was developed by German ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in the early 2000s. In 2015-2017, Germany delivered two frigates to Algeria under the MEKO A-200 project.

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