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Proven design

A key design philosophy of the MEKO® classes is design iteration , whereby the best design features of each class evolve into the next class , ensuring the new classes of ships have solid, well-proven technology , materials and standards. This design progression reduces risk within the design , allowing competent and proficient innovations to be introduced into a new class.

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The MEKO® modular concept

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The tradition of multi-mission ships of the MEKO® (Multi-Purpose Combination) family dates back to the early 1980s, when the first frigate was delivered. Since then, almost 80 corvettes and frigates of this class have been delivered to Navies in 14 different nations , most of them produced outside Germany , and all these vessels are still in full operation – offering a lifecycle of more than 40 years. This class flaunts the benefits of five generations of corvettes and frigates shown in our proven design succession.

Thanks to the modular concept of the MEKO® class , it is possible to reduce ship construction time as well as minimize the risks associated with system integration. The adoption of parallel and non-linear construction methods also allows the shipyard to focus on the structural part, while armaments and sensors can be mounted on the modules in other locations for future ship installation. This technology greatly facilitates the transfer of technology and know-how, boosting business and strengthening the local market.

Frigates and corvettes with MEKO® technology since 1983

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