Second Generation Patrol Vessel

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Class overview
Name: Gowind-class frigates
Builders:
Operators:  Royal Malaysian Navy[1]
Preceded by: Kedah-class
Cost: 466 million USD each (ceiling price)
Planned: 6[1]
General characteristics
Type: Multi-purpose frigate
Displacement: 3100 tons
Length: 111 m (364 ft)
Beam: 16 m (52 ft)
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 106
Sensors and
processing systems:

(Malaysia Specification)[1]
Combat System:SETIS
Search radar:SMART-S Mk2
Fire control radar:Rheinmetall TMEO Mk2 electro-optical tracking system & TMX/EO Mk2

Sonar:Thales Captas 2 for hull sonar & ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) suite with towed array sonar
Armament:

(Malaysia Specification)[1]

Aircraft carried: various types of UAVs
a helicopter, weighing up to 10 tons

The Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV), also called Littoral combat ships (LCS) is a class of six frigates being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy. The design of the ship is based on an enlarged version of the Gowind-class corvette, designed by DCNS of France. The contract has been finalised and it has been decided that all six ships will be built by local shipbuilder Boustead Holdings Berhad for the Royal Malaysian Navy at a ceiling price of RM9 billion.[2] The ships will be 111 meters long with a displacement of 3,100 tonnes.[3][4]

Development[edit]

SGPV program[edit]

In early 2011, Malaysia announced its SGPV program and six foreign shipbuilders announced interest in the project, most notably ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems with the MEKO 200 and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding with the Sigma-class 10514 as well as DCNS's Gowind-class corvette.[5]

Contract awarded[edit]

In late 2011, it was announced that the Gowind class had been chosen and that the SGPV program had been awarded to Boustead Naval Shipyard/DCNS, with the ceiling price increasing to RM9 billion from RM6 billion. It is expected that the contract include intellectual property rights and technology transfer.[6] The ships' sizes had also changed in accordance with the increase in ceiling price, increasing from 2700 tonnes to 3000 tonnes. All 6 ships will be built by BNS in Lumut, Malaysia and electronic components will be assembled in Cyberjaya, a township in Malaysia just south of Kuala Lumpur.

DSA 2014[edit]

At DSA 2014, the program manager Mr Anuar replied to an interview saying that "The program is progressing rather well, with some parts already in critical design review" and "We expect the first ship to be finished by 2017 or early 2018".[7] He also commented that the ships are "full fledged frigates and in my opinion, will be a huge deterrent for the Royal Malaysian Navy"

Characteristics[edit]

General[edit]

Specifications

  • Length - 111 m
  • Displacement - 3,100 t
  • Breadth - 16 m
  • Maximum speed - 28 knots
  • Crew - 106
  • Range - 5,000 nm at 15 knots
  • Endurance - 21 days
  • Aircraft carried - 1 × Super Lynx 300 / Fennec AS555 / EC725

Armament[edit]

It has been decided that the ships will be armed with

The 57mm gun will be mounted in a stealth cupola similar to the ones mounted on the Swedish Visby-class corvette. Boustead Naval Shipyard has also announced that there has been extra space allocated on the deck of the ship for more VLS cells. It has been reported that the Navy had requested for Naval Strike Missiles and Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles to be fitted onto the ships but were turned down at the insistence of DCNS and BNS.

Sensors[edit]

These sensors have been chosen for the ships.

Combat System:SETIS
Search radar:SMART-S Mk2
Fire control radar:Rheinmetall TMEO Mk2 electro-optical tracking system & TMX/EO Mk2
Sonar:Thales Captas 2 for hull sonar & ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) suite with towed array sonar

It is believed that the Navy had requested for Thales Herakles radar but Boustead Naval Shipyard had instead chosen the SMART-S.[8]

See also[edit]

Images[edit]

http://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=438

References[edit]