LANGKAWI: Update on MMEA OPV. The first of class MMEA OPV being built by THHE Fabricators Detini JV is expected to be launched by year end. The first of class OPV and two others are being built at the Pulau Indah Fabrication Yard near Port Klang.
THHE Fabricators Shipbuilding and Shiprepair Senior General Manager Azizul Hanafee Mohd Zin said the project was going smoothly and on schedule after a short delay at its start.
He said the company was currently preparing a slipway at the yard to facilitate the launch of the first OPV. He said outfitting of the vessel was expected to be completed within one year.
As reported previously the OPV is derived from the Damen 1800 OPV design modified to suit MMEA requirements especially in increasing the number of personnel.
This also resulted in the elimination of a hangar capable of storing a medium-twin size helicopter. It still a has helipad rated for the same helicopter. It is armed with a single 30mm RWS and a number of machineguns.
Azizul said the ship will carry more crew by design by reducing the automated features. The ship’s network is designed to carry 2000 signals compared to 5000 on the Kedah class and 8000 on the LCS.
He said the OPV design was suited for other tasking including those required by the RMN.
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