Maharaja Lela-class frigate

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Egyptian Navy Gowind corvette El Fateh (971).jpg
Egyptian Navy Gowind-class corvette.Same design as Maharaja Lela-class frigate.
Class overview
Name: Maharaja Lela class
Operators:  Royal Malaysian Navy
  • US$2.8 billion for 6 ship programme
  • US$466 million each (ceiling price)
Planned: 6[1]
Building: 4[2][3][4]
General characteristics
Type: Littoral combat ship (LCS)/Frigate
Displacement: 3,100 tons
  • 111 m (364 ft) (overall)
  • 105 m (344 ft) (waterline)
  • 16 m (52 ft) (main deck)
  • 14.2 m (47 ft) (waterline)
Draught: 3.85 m (12.6 ft)
Propulsion: CODAD 4 x MTU 20V 1163 M94, each rated at 7,400 kW (9,925 shp) Total output: 29,600 kW (39,694 shp) [5]
Speed: 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)
Complement: 138[6]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Thales Vigile ESM
Aircraft carried:
  • various types of UAVs
  • and helicopter, weighing up to 10 tons

The Maharaja Lela-class frigates (before known as Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) or Littoral combat ships (LCS)) is a class of six stealth frigates being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy.[1] The ships are 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 Naval Shipyard for the Royal Malaysian Navy at a ceiling price of RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion), starting from 2015.[9] The ships will be 111 meters long with a displacement of 3,100 tonnes.[10][11]


In early 2011, Malaysia announced its SGPV program with a budget of RM6 billion (US$1.9 billion) 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 which was ultimately selected.[12]

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 (BNS)/DCNS, with the ceiling price increasing to RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion) from RM6 billion (US$1.9 billion). The RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion) contract included intellectual property rights and technology transfer.[13] The ships' sizes had also changed in accordance with the increase in ceiling price, increasing from 2,700 tonnes to 3,100 tonnes. All six 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.

At DSA 2014, BNS confirmed that the program is progressing rather well, with some parts already in critical design review the first ship expected to be finished by 2019. BNS was in charge of designing the Malaysian specification of the Gowind-class ship with DCNS assistance.[14]

On 5 October 2014, Royal Malaysian Navy chief Admiral Aziz told IHS Jane's that construction of the first of the six ships had started at the BNS shipyard facilities in Lumut, and reiterating a 2019 delivery date for the first ship and the remaining five ships delivered at six-month intervals thereafter. It also stated that RMN's current planning schedule called for sea trials of the first ship to be carried out in 2018 and operational entry in 2019.[15]




  • Displacement – 3,100 tons
  • Length – 111 m (overall) / 105 m (waterline)
  • Breadth – 16 m (main deck) / 14.2 m (waterline)
  • Draught – 3.85 m
  • PropulsionCODAD
  • Maximum speed – 28 knots
  • Range – 5,000 nm at 15 knots
  • Crew – 138
  • SurvivabilitySea State 9
  • Endurance – 21 days
  • Aircraft carried – 1 × Super Lynx 300 / Fennec AS555 / EC725


SMART-S radar for the SGPVs

It is believed that the Navy had requested for Thales Herakles radar that used on the FREMM frigates but BNS had instead chosen the SMART-S.[16] These sensors have been chosen for the ships.

Combat System:DCNS SETIS
Search radar:Thales SMART-S Mk2
Fire control radar:Rheinmetall TMEO Mk2 electro-optical tracking system & TMX/EO Mk2
Decoy:Wallop/Esterline Super Barricade system
Sonar:Thales CAPTAS-2 ASW suite with hull sonar & towed array sonar


The stealth 57 mm gun to equip the SGPVs, seen with the barrel retracted

The Bofors 57 mm gun will be mounted in a stealth cupola similar to the ones mounted on the Swedish Visby-class corvette. This frigate also equipped with two MSI DS30M 30 mm cannon as a secondary gun. BNS also announced that there has been 16 Sylver VLS allocated on the deck of the ship for the surface-to-air missile although the missiles not contracted yet as 2019. At the LIMA 2015, BNS confirmed that the Naval Strike Missile had been chosen for this frigate anti-ship missile requirement, winning over the Exocet MM40 Block 3.[17]For the anti-submarine capabilities, it is confirmed that the ships will be equipped with two J+S fixed triple torpedo launcher.[18]

Ships of the class[edit]

Builders Name Pennant number Laid down Launched Commissioned Homeport
Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd Maharaja Lela 2501 8 March 2016 24 August 2017
Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd Syarif Masahor 2502 28 February 2017[3]
Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd Raja Mahadi 2503 18 December 2017[2]
Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd Mat Salleh 2504 31 October 2018[19]
[to be determined]
[to be determined]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Malaysian Ministry of Defence Confirms Construction of Gowind ships for LCS program". 28 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
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  4. ^ "No Quarter". Retrieved 1 Sep 2017.
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  6. ^ "NavyRecognition". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  7. ^ "LIMA 2015 update". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Letter of Award for NSM ships equipment with Malaysian Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd". Navy Recognition. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  9. ^ Abas, Marhalim (17 July 2014). "SGPV-LCS Contract Formalised". Malaysian Defence. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  10. ^ "BHIC to Build First Littoral Combat Ship in 2015". 5 April 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette". 27 August 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  12. ^ Abas, Marhalim (22 February 2011). "SGPV or LCS...Part II". Malaysian Defence. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  13. ^ Abas, Marhalim (17 December 2011). "SGPV/LCS/ Frigate awarded to BNS/DCNS Ceiling Price Goes Up to RM9 billion". Malaysian Defence. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Malaysian Navy Gowind SGPV LCS program update at DSA 2014 with Boustead". Youtube.
  15. ^ "Malaysia Targeting 2019 in-Service Date for Littoral Combat Ship". October 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "Thales SMART-S Mk2 radar and CAPTAS- 2 towed sonar confirmed for Malaysia LCS program". 18 February 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  17. ^ "Letter of Award for NSM ships equipment with Malaysian Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd". 9 April 2015.
  18. ^ "J+S Ltd to supply the Torpedo Launching System for the Royal Malaysian Navy LCS/SGPV corvettes". 24 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
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