MEKO

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Hessen (F 221), a F124 class frigate (Sachsen class frigate) of the German Navy.

The MEKO family of warships was developed by the German company Blohm + Voss. MEKO is a registered trademark. The portmanteau stands for "Mehrzweck-Kombination" (English: multi-purpose-combination). 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. MEKO ships include families of frigates, corvettes and ocean-going patrol boats. Construction of MEKO ships began in the late seventies with the design and later building of Nigeria's MEKO 360 H1. 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 latest variant is the "Combat Ship for the Littorals" or MEKO CSL. There was speculation that this design would be of interest to Israel,[1][2] but it was not.[3] It has also been called a "Littoral Combatant Ship", but it is much smaller than the American Littoral combat ship.[4]

Vessels[edit]


Type Class Country Number Delivery Weight Length o.a. (m) Beam (m) Draught (m) Main gun SAM ASM Image
MEKO 360 H1 Aradu  Nigeria 1 1981 3,360 tons 125.80 15.00 4.30 Otobreda 127/54 Compact Aspide Otomat NNS Aradu F89.jpg
MEKO 360 H2 Almirante Brown  Argentina 4 1983–1984 3,360 tons 125.80 15.00 4.30 Otobreda 127/54 Compact Aspide Exocet D13 ARA Sarandi DN-SC-91-01826.jpg
MEKO 140 A16 Espora  Argentina 6 1985–2002 1,560 tons 91.20 11.00 3.33 Otobreda 76 mm Exocet P42ARARosalesWWM.jpg
MEKO 200 TN Yavuz  Turkey 9 +1 1987– 3,030 tons 110.50 14.20 4.14 Mk 45 Mod 2 gun RIM-7 Harpoon
MEKO 200 PN Vasco da Gama  Portugal 3 1991– 3,400 tons 115.90 14.80 4.10 French 100 mm naval gun RIM-7 Harpoon NRP Corte Real 2.jpg
MEKO 200 HN [5] Hydra  Greece 4 1992 3,360 tons 117.00 14.80 4.10 Mk 45 Mod 2 gun RIM-162 Harpoon Greek frigate HS Spetsai, F-453.jpg
MEKO 200 TN II-A Barbaros  Turkey 2 1995– 3,100 tons 116.70 14.80 4.10 Mk 45 Mod 2 gun RIM-7, RIM-66 Harpoon TCG Oruç Reis (F245).jpg
MEKO 200 ANZAC ANZAC  Australia
 New Zealand
8 (Aus)
2 (NZ)
1996–2004 3,500 tons 118.00 14.80 4.10 Mk 45 Mod 4 gun RAN: RIM-162,
RNZN: RIM-7, Phalanx Block 1
RAN: Harpoon
RNZN: None
HMAS Perth (FFH 157).jpg
MEKO 200 TN II-B SalihReis  Turkey 2 1998– 3,100 tons 118.00 14.80 4.30 Mk 45 Mod 2 gun RIM-7 Harpoon
MEKO A-200 SAN Valour  South Africa 4 2003– 3,700 tons 121.00 16.34 4.40 Otobreda 76 mm Umkhonto Exocet Spioenkop F147.jpg
MEKO 100 RMN Kedah  Malaysia 6 2004–2010 1,850 tons 91.10 12.85 3.40 Otobreda 76 mm Perak F173.jpg
MEKO A-100 Gawron  Poland +11 2016 1,750 tons 95.20 13.30 3.60 Otobreda 76 mm Proj621 Gawron-class.jpg
Corvette 130 Braunschweig  Germany 5 2008– 1,840 tons 88.75 12.80 3.40 Otobreda 76 mm RIM-116 RBS-15 Korvette Braunschweig F260 2895.jpg
Frigate 123 Brandenburg  Germany 4 1994–1996 3,600 tons 138.85 16.70 4.35 Otobreda 76 mm RIM-116, RIM-7 Exocet, RBS-15 Fregatte Mecklenburg-Vorpommern F218.jpg
Frigate 124 Sachsen  Germany 3 2002– 5,690 tons 143.00 17.44 4.86 Otobreda 76 mm RIM-116, RIM-162, RIM-66 Harpoon FGS Sachsen (F 219).jpg
Frigate 125 F125 class frigate  Germany +4 2016- 7,200 tons 149.52 18.80 5.00 Otobreda 127 mm RIM-116 Harpoon
MEKO A-200N  ?  Algeria +2 2016- ? ? ? ? Otobreda 76 mm Umkhonto IR RBS-15

1Construction of the first of seven planned corvettes began in 2001, the program was terminated in 2012.[6] A single existing Gawron (or ORP Ślązak) hull will be completed as patrol vessel.[7]

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