Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has approved the delivery of three Meko frigates from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) and 16 air defence systems from Diehl Defence before leaving office.
Former Minister of Economy Peter Altmaier sent a letter about the deals on December 7 to Bundestag President Bärbel Bas, a day before the swearing-in of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
The arms disclosed in the letter include the delivery of three MEKO A-200 EN frigates to Egypt from Kiel-based Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, along with 16 air defense systems from Diehl Defense, which is located in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg.
The arms sales agreements were approved by the Federal Security Council, which includes not only the chancellor but also several ministers, such as the minister of finance. The Finance Minister under the previous Merkel-led government was Scholz, meaning Germany’s new chancellor was aware of the agreements.
The A200 frigate will be armed with French-made MBDA VL-MICA after South Africa’s Denel Dynamics’ failure to complete it’s own part of the deal to supply dozens of Umkhonto surface-to-air missile to Egypt,
The boats were initially intended for Saudi Arabia but the deal was cancelled following an arms embargo placed by Germany in November 2018, due to Saudi’s involvement in Yemen and the Jamal Khashoggi affair.