|Operators:||Royal Malaysian Navy|
|Displacement:||1900 tons full load|
|Propulsion:||4 × MTU 20V 1163 TB92 diesels
21,460 bhp (16,000 kW)
Link Y MK 2.5
Thales Nederland DA-08 Air/Sea Search Radar
ATLAS Electronik DSQS-24C hull mounted sonar
Signaal WM-22 fire control radar
MAV marine navigation radar
|DR3000S ESM suite
Racal Scimitar jammer
TERMA SKWS decoys
|Aviation facilities:||Landing platform aft for light helicopter (Westland Super Lynx 300 or Eurocopter Fennec)|
The Kasturi class is a ship class of two ships in service with the Royal Malaysian Navy.The class comprises two ships, the KD Kasturi (F25) and KD Lekir (F26). The class is named after the lead ship of the class, in honour of Hang Kasturi who is one of the five famed warriors of the Malacca Sultanate. Though smaller than the Rahmat class, the Kasturi class is more offensively capable.
The ships were built by the Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) shipyard in Kiel, Germany. KD Kasturi and KD Lekir were launched on 14 May 1983 and commissioned on 15 August 1984. Both ships are presently serving with 22 Corvette Squadron and homeported at TLDM Lumut.
Service life extension (SLEP)
A Service Life Extension Programme (SLEP) was awarded to Boustead Naval Shipyard in 2009 to extend the service life of these surface combatants by another 10 years. The upgrade program includes:
- TACTICOS CMS
- Thales DA-08 air search radar
- Mirador-IR optronic director
- MAV marine navigation radar
- 2 × Eurotorp B515 with A244S Whitehead ASW torpedoes
- DR3000S ESM suite
- Link Y MK 2.5
- TERMA SKWS decoys
- 8 × MBDA Exocet MM40 Block II
- ATLAS Electronik DSQS-24C hull mounted sonar
- Removal of 100mm A gun and replace with 57mm Bofors
- Removal of Emerlec 30mm guns and replace with MSI 30mm DS30B guns
The Kasturi-class have a 1 Bofors 57mm/70 Dual Purpose Guns,2 30 mm MSI-Defence DS30 machine gun while the anti-ship capability is provided by 8 MM40 Exocet Block 2 SSMs. For the ASW the ships have 2 triple Eurotorp B515 with A244S Whitehead ASW torpedoes. The FS1500 design, which is modular, allows for future upgrades.
The Kasturi class is powered by a CODAD propulsion system, provided by four MTU diesels driving two shafts and developing 21,460 horsepower (16,000 kW) driving two controllable pitch propellers. This gives a maximum speed of 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph), and a range of 7,000 nautical miles (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph).
The Kasturi class does not have a hangar facility, and thus does not have an embarked helicopter. The landing platform aft is suitable for an AgustaWestland SeaLynx 300 or the Eurocopter Fennec helicopter.
- Baker, A.D. The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World 1998–1999. Annapolis, Maryland, USA. ISBN 1-55750-111-4.
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