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MBDA to supply VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles for Meko A-200 frigates of Egyptian Navy

According to information published by the French Newspaper website "La Tribune" on September 16, 2020, MBDA has received an order from Egypt to supply VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles for the four new Meko A-200 frigates of the Egyptian Navy.


According to information published by the French Newspaper website "La Tribune" on September 16, 2020, MBDA has received an order from Egypt to supply VL-MICA surface-to-air missiles for the four new Meko A-200 frigates of the Egyptian Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MEKO A-200 frigate. (Picture source savetheroyalnavy Website)


Previously, it was announced that Egypt ordered 96 radar-guided Umkhonto-R missiles and 32 infrared-guided Umkhontos manufactured by the South African company Denel for its Meko A200 frigates, but the deal was canceled, due to financial problems of Denel.

The MICA is an anti-air multi-target, all-weather, fire-and-forget short and medium-range missile system designed and manufactured by the company MBDA. MICA can also be employed as a short-range surface-to-air missile. It is available in a ground-based version, VL MICA, fired from a truck-mounted box launcher, and a naval version, VL MICA-M, fired from a ship-fitted vertical launch system

The Mica missile in Vertical Launch configuration has an operational range from 1 to 20 km and can reach a maximum speed of Mach 3.

In April 2019, Germany has announced a deal with Egypt for the delivery of three MEKO A-200 frigates produced by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS).

According to information publish by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, the MEKO® A-200 follows the famous MEKO® 200 series in a long line of general-purpose frigates. A fighting ship capable of full 4-dimensional warfare (AAW, ASW, and ASuW, BCW), the MEKO® A-200 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 A200 frigate features the revolutionary CODAG-WARP (water jet and refined propellers) propulsion system: two CPP propeller shafts driven by cross-connectable diesel engines plus a center-line, gas turbine-driven water jet, combining the power of each drive in the water with no need for a combining gearbox. This arrangement allows for extremely quiet acoustic signatures, a high degree of propulsion redundancy, and damage survivability. 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.