MEKO 140 Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1985 Total Production: 6 Also Known As:Esposa and MEKO 140 A16 Origin:Argentina and Germany Corporations: ThyssenKrupp AG
Parent System:MEKO Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982 Total Production: 11 Family Members:MEKO 360
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Description: MEKO 140 A16 corvettes are a scaled down version of MEKO 360 frigates used for offshore patrol by the Argentinean Navy. MEKO 140 ships are powered by two diesel and two gas turbines allowing for a top speed of 27 knots. Operated by a crew of 93 these ships are suitable for anti-surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW). Six MEKO 140 A16 corvettes were built in Argentina between 1985 and 2002.
MEKO 140 A16 corvette weapon system comprises a 76mm OTO-Melara naval gun, two dual 40mm anti-aircraft guns, two 12.7mm guns, two triple torpedo tubes mounts, and four MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles. In addition, an Alouette III helicopter can operate from the rear flight deck.
MEKO 140 Specifications
Crew: 93 Dimensions Beam: 12 meter (39.4 foot)
Length: 91 meter (299 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 76 millimeter Power Total Combined Power: 22,000 shp (16.4 MW) Speed Top Speed: 13.9 mps (27.0 knot) Weight Full Displacement: 1,790 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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