On December 15, the third frigate of the class, the Al-Qadeer, hull number 909, was handed over to the Egyptian Navy.

Located at the bridge between Asia and Africa and possessing the shortest path from the East to the West, Egypt is the country with the most important role in the world’s maritime traffic structure. For that reason, the Egyptian navy is receiving special attention, on its way to becoming a formidable force in the Mediterranean as well as Asia.

Currently, the Egyptian Navy is operating two Meko A-200 frigates of the Al-Aziz class. On December 15, the third frigate of the class, the Al-Qadeer, hull number 909, was handed over to the Egyptian Navy. The frigate is manufactured by Germany’s Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems. Vice Admiral Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa, the commander-in-chief of the Egyptian Navy, emphasized that the rapid acquisition of these three Meko A-200 frigates – Al-Aziz, Al-Qahhar, and Al-Qadeer – within just 14 months demonstrates the extent of cooperation and friendship between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Federal Republic of Germany.

In addition to “Al-Qadeer,” the fourth and final Meko A200 frigate, named “Sajm Al-Jabbar,” was launched on December 4, 2023, at the Alexandria shipyard in Egypt, marking the first frigate built in Egypt under the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) license. The delivery of “Sajm Al-Jabbar” is scheduled for October 2025. In 2018, the Arab Republic of Egypt commissioned thyssenkrupp Marine Systems to build a total of four identical ships. The first three units were built in Germany, while the fourth frigate is currently under construction at Alexandria Shipyard in Egypt..

In the Egyptian Navy, the class is designated MEKO A-200EN, which is part of the famous MEKO family, developed by the German company Blohm+Voss. It is a concept in modern naval shipbuilding based on modularity of armament, electronics and other equipment, aiming at ease of maintenance and cost reduction. Vessels of similar classes use different weapons systems. For example, for the main gun, some MEKO 200s use the Mk 45 Mod 2 gun, others use the French 100 mm naval gun or Otobreda 76 mm gun.

The MEKO A-200 Frigate follows the famous MEKO 200 series general purpose frigates from the ThyssenKrupp stable. A fighting ship capable of full 4-dimensional warfare, the MEKO A-200 Frigate is also 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.

The MEKO A-200 Frigate is a perfect example of the innovative propulsion, stealth and survivability design, robust sea-keeping and all-weather boat and helicopter operability that characterizes frigates from Marine Systems. The MEKO A-200 has greatly reduced radar, IR, acoustic and magnetic signatures to hide and stay hidden.

These frigates are 121 meters long, 16.4 meters wide, and have a draft of 4.4 meters, with a displacement of 3,700 tons. They are powered by a CODAG propulsion system, including a GE LM2500 gas turbine and two MTU 16V 1163 TB93 diesel engines, enabling a maximum speed of 28 knots, and have a range of 7,200 nautical miles at 16 knots. Their armament includes a Leonardo 127/64 LW 127 mm main gun, 16 MM-40 Exocet block 3 anti-ship missiles, 32 VLS for MBDA VL MICA NG surface-to-air missiles, and 2×2 MU90 Eurotorp torpedoes for ASW role.

These frigates are also equipped with a towed array sonar and a Thales NS-110 4D AESA radar for navigation and surveillance. The reception of these Meko A-200 EN frigates, among the most powerful in their class, represents a significant step in the development of Egypt’s naval capabilities and further strengthens its position as an important regional actor.

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