MRSS On The Horizon?

SHAH ALAM: MRSS on the horizon? At the Indodefence Show last November, Boustead Naval Shipyard signed a MOU with Indonesian-state owned firm, PT PAL, to colloborate on a possible multi-role support ship contract.

Following the MOU, I reported that

the MRSS project – four of which being sought under the RMN’s 15 to 5 plan, has yet to be funded and probably will not be so in the foreeseable future

BNS has not made any announcements following the MOU signing ceremony – not a good sign as it is a public listed company which must informed the Bursa of any possible deal. Moreover, my sources continue to tell me that it was unlikely new projects will be approved in 2017 due to the budget crunch.

The model of the MRSS displayed at the PT PAL booth.

However, a tweet from RMN chief Adm. Kamarulzaman Badaruddin today seemed to indicate that the MRSS project may well have gotten the greenlight despite the funding crunch.

A screenshot of Adm Kamarulzaman tweet on the MRSS today.

I know I should not be too excited over a single tweet but I had earlier in the day was told about two stories on the possible MRSS contract by PT PAL. The two stories reported in December – here and here – were about PT PAL finalising the design for the MRSS to be ordered by RMN. Note that I have no means to verify the reports, I am just linking it here for those who are interested.

The proposed MRSS based on Makassar class LPDs by Malaysian Defence guest poster …

Of course, finalising a design does not necessarily meant that a contract is at hand. The first step in realising the 20-year-old MRSS dream is signing the letter of intent. Even a LOI is not final as we have seen what happen to supposed Anoa deal. For the ship to be ordered a letter of award is needed.

Will the contract for the MRSS be signed? Will it be a design from PT PAL? Coming back here often for further updates.

— Malaysian Defence

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