Is it Really $400 Million?

Strategy Page lists a deal involving MEKO A200 frigates for a sale price of $400 million each.  Strangely – $400 million was the price that the LCS frigates were to be purchased for.

Looking at the weapons that come standard on a MEKO A200 –

  • eight anti-ship missiles
  • 16 anti-aircraft missiles
  • four 324mm torpedo tubes
  • a 76mm gun,
  • two 35mm autocannon
  • two 20mm autocannon 

All packed in a ship with 50 km / hr top speed and ability to stay at sea for 21 days really makes one wonder what we get in an LCS that comes with far less armament and a higher price tag.  [Although the Independence class version looks cool.]

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