The Erradii (910) and El Moudamir (911) had nearly identical hulls to the South African ships but have been fitted with significantly heavier armament.

The Algerian Navy is operating two Erradii-class frigates, Erradii (910) and El Moudamir (911). These ships, also known as the MEKO A-200AN, were built upon the South African MEKO A-200SAN. Two ships were commissioned in 2016 and 2017. To this day they are still the mainstay of the Algerian fleet.

The Erradii (910) and El Moudamir (911) had nearly identical hulls to the South African ships but have been fitted with significantly heavier armament. The MEKO concept has proven to be one of the most successful warship export programs in the world. More than 50 frigates and corvettes have been built since the 1970s for navies across the world.

El Moudamir (911)
El Moudamir (911)

The MEKO concept is based on modular and easily interchangeable or upgradable weapons and sensors. The MEKO A-200 follows the famous MEKO 200 series in a long line of general-purpose frigates, designed for sustained operations across the full spectrum of general missions and tasks: patrol and interdiction, support of special force operations, SAR, and humanitarian operations.

Algeria’s Erradii class has a displacement of about 3,700 tons, an overall length of 121m, a beam of 16.34 m and a draft of 5.95 m. This frigate features the revolutionary CODAG-WARP propulsion system. This arrangement allows for extremely quiet acoustic signatures, a high degree of propulsion redundancy, and damage survivability. The water jet can be used alone or combined with the diesel to achieve the maximum speed of over 27 knots. In the diesel-only mode this propulsion arrangement is also an extremely economic solution, as a single engine can drive both shafts for speeds of up to 18 knots.

The main sensor of the ship is the multi-function radar MRR-3D, operating in the G-band, manufactured by Thales corporation, France. The radar has a maximum reconnaissance range of 180 km.

Notable armaments include the OTO Melara 127mm naval gun, and 16 Saab RBS 15 Mk3 anti-ship missiles amidships. For ASW the vessels have two twin 324mm launchers for Leonardo Whitehead MU90/Impact torpedoes. There are two 30mm DS30M Mark 2 gun systems, with a rate of fire of approximately 650 rounds per minute in a maximum range of less than 3km in anti-aircraft role. The ships are equipped with 2-4 MH2B heavy machine guns. There are also several mounts on board for light or heavy machine guns.

The aft helipad supports an AgustaWestland Super Lynx 300 helicopter, equipped with Compact FLASH dipping sonars and carry MU90 torpedoes. It can also carry eight Denel Mokopa surface-to-air missiles for Anti-surface warfare operations.

Algeria has also an option to purchase two further ships, but as of 2021 the number of ships in service was two.

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