KD Jebat moored in Sydney Harbour in October 2013
|Builders:||Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow, UK|
|Operators:||Royal Malaysian Navy|
|Displacement:||2,270 tons full load|
|Length:||106 m (348 ft)|
|Beam:||12.75 m (41.8 ft)|
|Draught:||3.08 m (10.1 ft)|
|Propulsion:||4 × MTU 20V 1163 TB93 diesel engines, 24.5MW, Twin shafts with Kamewa controllable pitch propellers|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
|Range:||5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi)|
|Complement:||146 with 18 officers|
|Combat System: BAE Systems Insyte Nautis F combat data system
Search radar: Ericsson Sea Giraffe Surface search radar G and H bands (PESA)
|ESM: BAE Mentor-A
ECM: Thales Defense Scimitar
|Armament:||1 × Bofors 57 mm gun
2 × MSI DS30M 30mm cannon
16 × VLS for Sea Wolf SAM
8 × Exocet MM40 Block 2 SSM
2 × triple Eurotorp B515 with A244-S ASW torpedoes
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Super Lynx 300|
|Aviation facilities:||Stern hangar
Helicopter landing platform
The Lekiu-class frigates are the most modern surface combatants of the Royal Malaysian Navy, until the Second Generation Patrol Vessels are completed in 2017. The class comprises two vessels, KD Jebat F29 and KD Lekiu F30. The class is named after the second ship of the class which was launched before Jebat.
The two ships of the class are named after Hang Lekiu and Hang Jebat, two figures from the Malay 15th-century epic narrative Hikayat Hang Tuah. They share this characteristic with the two Kasturi-class corvettes KD Kasturi and KD Lekir, as well as the old frigate-turned-trainingship KD Hang Tuah, all of which are named after figures from the epic as well.
The ships were built in the UK by Yarrow Shipbuilders of Glasgow (now BAE Systems Surface Ships) from the company's standard F2000 light frigate design. Lekiu was launched in December 1994 while the Jebat was launched in May 1995. The Jebat carries the lower pennant number (F 29) to signify the seniority of this ship, which accommodates the Admiral of the Royal Malaysian Navy. (Hang Jebat succeeded Hang Tuah as Laksamana (Admiral) during the Melaka Sultanate, while Hang Lekiu was never made a Laksamana.)
The purchase of the two ships of the Lekiu class involved a major transfer of technology programme and an offset programme where some portion of the contract value would involve purchases and services contracted to Malaysian companies.
Delivery and operational status were delayed due to integration of combat systems problems. The ships were commissioned in March and May 1999. The ships represented a huge jump in capability compared to the frigates then operated by the Royal Malaysian Navy, the F24 KD Rahmat and F76 KD Hang Tuah (ex-HMS Mermaid).
The Lekiu class faced serious delays due to difficulties in the systems integration of the weapons and weapons control system (i.e., software problems). These problems were overcome and the delivery and commissioning of the two ships was completed in 7 October and 10 November 1999.
Plans for further ships
Malaysian Minister of Defence Najib Tun Razak announced at the 2006 Farnborough Air Show that Malaysia would be buying two frigates from the United Kingdom under Project Brave. The Evening Times reported on 20 July 2006 that the Clyde shipyard has won a contract to build two Jebat [sic] class warships for Malaysia.
The two ships were to have been completed at Labuan Shipyard as a condition of the deal, but were cancelled in August 2009. In 2013 Malaysia announced the purchasing of six Second Generation Patrol Vessels, and the Lekiu class batch 2 is presumed to be cancelled.
KD Jebat (FFG 29) underway off the coast of Malaysia during a divisional tactics drill as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Malaysia 2013
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