The contract for the Egyptian MEKO A200EN is one of the fastest-evolving warship construction programs. The initial contract with thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) was signed in September 2018 and the first ship, the Al-Aziz, built in Germany, was delivered 38 months later.
The test of the second frigate are underway in Germany, and the third is being built. Egypt has ordered a total of 4+2 ships of this class, of which 3 with construction in Germany and 3 in Egypt. The original order was for 4, and the next 2 were decided instead of ordering 2 additional Gowind. Additionally, the African country has ordered 4 Gowind 2500, and has received one from France, 2 of local construction at the Alexandria Shipyards while the fourth is being built there.
The Egyptian MEKO A200EN are balanced multi-role frigates, and their main air defence weapon system is the MICA VL NG. Each frigate will be equipped with 32 missiles.
In addition, Egyptian MEKO A200EN frigates will be armed with 8 Exocet MM40 Block 3c anti-ship missiles, while as a typical MEKO, the ship on the bow carries a 127mm gun. Concluding, the frigates will be equipped with the Thales NS-110 radars.