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DIMDEX 2022: Algerian Navy showcases frigate El Moudamir.

| 2022

At DIMDEX 2022, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference being held in Doha, the capital of Qatar, on 21–23 March 2022, the Algerian Naval Force showcases Erradii class (MEKO-A200AN) El Moudamir.

Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 MEKO A-200AN frigate El Moudamir (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The MEKO A-200AN is based on the MEKO A-200SAN. The ships were ordered from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems; construction was subcontracted to the ADM Kiel shipyard. There was an option for two more in 2014 but as of 2021, the number of ships in service was two.

The class is capable of full 4-dimensional warfare (AAW, ASW and ASuW, BCW) and 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 A-200 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 without the need of a combining gearbox. This arrangement allows for extremely quiet acoustic signatures, a high degree of propulsion redundancy and damage survivability.

The propulsion arrangement also provides, in the diesel-only mode, an extremely economic solution, whereby one engine can drive both shafts for a ship’s speed of 18 knots.

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