KD Jebat moored in Sydney Harbour in October 2013
|Builders:||Yarrow Shipbuilders, Glasgow, UK|
|Operators:||Royal Malaysian Navy|
|Class and type:||Type F2000 frigate|
|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|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Super Lynx 300|
The Lekiu-class frigates are a class of frigates of the Royal Malaysian Navy. They 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-training ship KD Hang Tuah, all of which are named after figures from the epic as well.
The ships were built in the United Kingdom 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. 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, F24 KD Rahmat and F76 KD KD Hang Tuah (ex-HMS Mermaid).
Both Jebat and Lekiu serve in the 23 Frigate Squadron of the Royal Malaysian Navy.
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 on 7 October and 10 November 1999.
Service Life Extension Program
A limited service life extension program started in 2015. Upgrades include Thales Vigile 100 Mk2 ESM replacing the BAE Mentor A , Chess Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO replacing the BAE Type V 3001 and Terma Scanter 6000 navigation radar.
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 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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