According to German newspaper BILD, the Budgets Committee gave the go-ahead for an export credit guarantee in order to secure the settlement of the deal.
The six vessels for the Egyptian Navy will be produced by Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS). Three of the vessels will be MEKO A-200 frigates, a design already selected by two African navies: South Africa and Egypt. It is unclear what type the other three vessels will be.
Back in January, German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel announced a
500 million euros deal with Egypt for the export of a single MEKO 200 frigate to the Egyptian navy. It is not clear if the 2.3 billion deal announced today is linked to that one or if it comes in addition to it.
According to TKMS, The MEKO A-200 is a fighting vessel capable of full 4-dimensional warfare (AAW, ASW and ASuW, BCW). The frigate is 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.
In its baseline configuration, the MEKO A-200 has a length of 121 meters, a width of 16.3 metesr and a displacement of 3,700 tons.