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F221 Hessen-Kieler Woche 2007

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]

VesselsEdit

Type Class Country Number Delivery Weight Length o.a. (m) Beam (m) Draught (m) Main gun SAM ASM Image
MEKO 360 H1 Aradu Flag of Nigeria.svg Nigeria 1 1981 3,360 tons 125.80 15.00 4.30 Otobreda 127/54 Compact Aspide Otomat NNS Aradu F89
MEKO 360 H2 Almirante Brown Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 4 1983–1984 3,360 tons125.80 15.00 4.30 Otobreda 127/54 Compact Aspide Exocet D13 ARA Sarandi DN-SC-91-01826
MEKO 140 A16 Espora Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 6 1985–2002 1,560 tons 91.20 11.00 3.33 Otobreda 76 mm Exocet P42ARARosalesWWM
MEKO 200 TN Yavuz Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 9 +1 1987– 3,030 tons 110.50 14.204.14 Mk 45 Mod 2 gun RIM-7 Harpoon
MEKO 200 PN Vasco da Gama Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal 3 1991– 3,400 tons 115.90 14.80 4.10 French 100 mm naval gun RIM-7 Harpoon NRP Corte Real 2
MEKO 200 HN [5]Hydra Flag of Greece.svg 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
MEKO 200 TN II-A Barbaros Flag of Turkey.svg 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)
MEKO 200 ANZAC ANZACFlag of Australia.svg Australia &
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
8 (Aus) 2 (NZ) 1996–2004 3,500 tons 118.00 14.80 4.10 Mk 45 Mod 4 gun Australia: RIM-162, RIM-67 Standard 2-MR, Phalanx Block 1B New Zealand: RIM-7, Phalanx Block 1 Australia:, Harpoon New Zealand: No Anti-Ship Armament HMAS Perth (FFH 157)
MEKO 200 TN II-B SalihReis Flag of Turkey.svg 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 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 4 2003– 3,700 tons 121.00 16.34 4.40 Otobreda 76 mm Umkhonto Exocet Spioenkop F147
MEKO 100 RMN Kedah Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia 6 2004–20101,850 tons 91.10 12.85 3.40 Otobreda 76 mm Perak F173
MEKO A-100 Gawron Flag of Poland.svg Poland 11 2016 1,750 tons 95.20 13.30 3.60 Otobreda 76 mm Proj621 Gawron-class
Corvette 130 BraunschweigFlag of Germany.png Germany 5 2008– 1,840 tons 88.75 12.80 3.40 Otobreda 76 mm RIM-116 RBS-15 Korvette Braunschweig F260 2895
Frigate 123 Brandenburg Flag of Germany.png 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
Frigate 124 Sachsen Flag of Germany.png 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)
Frigate 125 F125 class frigateFlag of Germany.png Germany +4 2016- 7,200 tons 149.52 18.80 5.00 Otobreda 127 mm RIM-116 Harpoon

1Construction of the first of seven planned corvettes began in 2001, the program was terminated in 2012 after years of insufficient funding.[6] A single existing Gawron (or ORP Ślązak) hull will be completed without fire-control system, RBS-15 Mk 3 and anti-air missiles as heavy patrol vessel at estimated total cost 150 million euro, instead of 350 million.[7]

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