Boustead proposes arming combat vessel to the teeth

LANGKAWI: Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS) has proposed that the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) be adequately armed.Its senior general manager (engineering and technology division) Syed Amir Shahbuddin proposed the SGPV be armed with Vertical Launch System (VLS) for anti-air role, anti-ship missile, torpedo and sonar.

LINE UP, PLEASE: Visitors queuing up to take a chance to visit Malaysian naval ship KD Perak at Awana Porto Malai during LIMA 2009. The patrol ship is equipped with state-of-the-art computer system and requires minimal crew to run it. — Bernama photo

LINE UP, PLEASE: Visitors queuing up to take a chance to visit Malaysian naval ship KD Perak at Awana Porto Malai during LIMA 2009. The patrol ship is equipped with state-of-the-art computer system and requires minimal crew to run it. — Bernama photo

He said the company proposed the SGPV be armed either with VLS Sea Sparrow, Mica or Aster for its anti-air role while maintaining the Oto Melara 76mm and Oto Breda 30mm as its primary and secondary cannons.

“For its anti-ship role, the company will equip the vessel, either with French-made Exocet or Italian made-missile,” Syed Amir said in an interview with Bernama during the Langkawi International Maritime and Aeropace (LIMA) 2009 exhibition yesterday.

It is also proposing the low-radar signature SGPV be armed with hullmounted and variable depth sonar, as well as torpedo for its antisubmarine capabilities, he said, adding that the vessel would also have deck and a hangar which could easily fit a Super Lynx-size maritime helicopter.

The SGPV that is proposed by BNS would be the second batch or the follow-up order from the six Kedah-class New Generation Patrol Vesssel (NGPV) recently delivered to RMN by the company.

Nevertheless, he said, the final decision on the type of systems and weapons on board the SGPV would depend on what the RMN wanted as they were the end-user of the combat vessel.

On BNS getting the SGPV contract from the government, Syed Amir said, the company was hopeful as currently, approximately 2,000 local vendors depended on it.

“We do not want local vendors to lose out to foreign companies and be denied the opportunity to use their skills and compete in the international arena.” — Bernama

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