The ceremony, held at the company's shipyard in Lumut on 12 June, was attended by Deputy Defence Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri. "The first LCS vessel is expected to be completed in early 2019, with subsequent vessels at 10-month intervals thereafter," said the company.
The SGPV-LCS platform is based on the Gowind 2500 corvette designed by French shipbuilder DCNS. The vessel is 111 m long and displaces about 3,000 tonnes. "Malaysia is a maritime nation and in recent years there have been increasing threats, which call for the need to strengthen our defences with sophisticated surveillance and protection capabilities," Ahmad Ramli Mohd Nor, BNS' managing director, said in a statement.
Citing Royal Malaysian Navy sources, IHS Jane's reported in March that the service has selected the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) anti-ship missile and MBDA VL Mica point defence missile systems for the SGPV-LCS programme. Other weapons include BAE Systems' 57 mm Mk 3 naval gun, two MSI-Defence Seahawk 30 mm guns and two J+S 324 mm triple tube torpedo launcher systems.
The vessel's suite of sensors include the Thales Nederland SMART-S Mk 2 3-D multibeam radar, Rheinmetall's TMEO Mk 2 TMX/EO radar/electro-optical tracking and fire-control system, and the Thales Captas-2 low-frequency variable depth sonar for submarine prosecution.
A steel-cutting ceremony for the Malaysia's first 2nd Generation Patrol Vessel.