Malaysia's Meko-100 class patrol craft program has been ongoing since the late 1990s when a consortium of Blohni + Voss, Howakltswerke Deutsche Wert't (HDW), Thyssen Rheinslahl Technik, and Ferrostaal was selected to build a program initially dubbed the New-Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) for use in offshore patrol, antipollution, oil-spill cleanup, search-and-rescue. and later anti-submarine warfare duties. A letter of intent to order the class was signed in February 1999 for the initial six units and the construction contract was signed 21 months later in November 2000. Now known as Meko-100 (or Kadah-class) patrol ships, construction moved smoothly at first with the first steel being cut during June 2001 at Blohm + Voss.
By Eric Wertheim, Editor, Combat Fleets of the World