Egypt is taking another step towards mastering Navy shipbuilding technology with the start of domestic production of the MEKO A200 frigate.
Egypt is taking another step towards mastering Navy shipbuilding technology with the start of domestic production of the MEKO A200 frigate. Accordingly, Egypt’s military-owned Alexandria shipyard announced that the construction process of the fourth and last Egyptian Navy MEKO A200 frigates has started at the company’s construction facility in Alexandria, in cooperation with the Germany-based Thysskenkrupp.
The Egyptian MEKO A200 frigate will be considered as the most advanced version of its type in terms of the integrated equipment and weaponry systems. Egyptian MEKO A200 also known as MEKO A200EN, in reference to the Egyptian Navy. These frigates will have a configuration with a displacement be ranging from 3,700 to 4,000 tons, a length of 121 m.
Egyptian MEKO A200 will be equipped with the latest generation of Thales NS-110 4D AESA air and surface surveillance radar which is an advanced and upgraded version of the original NS-100 3D radar. In addition, the decoys launchers for C310 high-performance anti-torpedo counter-measures system, 2× 32 Tube laser-decoys launchers for Rheinmetall Multi Ammunition Softkill System EM/IR.
Electronic warfare includes Thales SCORPION Electronic Warfare Support Measures System (ECM), SATCOM System. Also for the sonar, the Egyptian navy MEKO A200 planned to be equipped with a towed array sonar.
For the armament and weaponry system, it will be fitted with LW 127mm main cannon armed with Vulcano and Dart shells, 32 Vertical Launch Systems that will be equipped with MICA New Generation Surface-to-Air Missiles, 16× Launchers planned to be equipped with Exocet Anti-ships missiles. Other weapons include the Oerlikon Searanger 20mm naval guns, in addition to Two types of Torpedos: DM2A4 Seahake and MU-90 Torpedos. A helipad with a hanger that can accommodate two helicopters and a vertically launch drones.