The fourth and final MEKO A-200SAN frigate, the Menai, was delivered to the South African Navy on 15 june 2004. The Menai and three sisters, known as the Valour class, are based on a Blohm + Voss design and were ordered by South Africa in late 1999, with work beginning in August 2001. The ships had a staggered construction program, so the first and third units, the Amatola and the Spioenkop, were built by Blohm + Voss in Hamburg, Germany, and the second and forth, the Isandlwana and the Menai, were built by HDW in Kiel. The Menai began sea trials on 18 june, but her journey home to South Africa will begin this month. She will join her three older sisters while undergoing outfitting and weapons integration.
As with her sisters, the Mendi's primary weapons fit eventually will consist of 8 MM 40 Exocet Block 2 antiship missiles, 16 Denel Umkhonto infrared guided, vertically launched, surface-to-air missiles, and a 76-mm OTO Melara dual purpose gun, along with smaller caliber guns and torpedo tubes. In addition, the class has a helicopter hangar, which can accommodate up to two small helicopters.