SHAH ALAM: I am not going to say that our upcoming SGPV/LCS ship is the same animal as the South Korean new FPX Ulsan-1 frigate. But both ships are almost similar in dimensions, armaments and roles. Like us, the Koreans are building 27 of these ships but unlike us, the Ulsan-1 is mostly designed for patrol duties.
For blue/brown water roles, the Ulsan-1 will be part of battle group headed by RPKN Aegis destroyers. For more detailed background on the FPX please go here
From the story, it appears that the Korean frigate will cost around RM1 billion, almost a dead ringer for our own SGPV/LCS. But it is only equipped with the Mark 31 to kill jets and fast boats (fitted not equipped with the first batch NGPV) instead of the more expensive ESSM which is rumoured to be the solution for our ship. Note that the story also stated that a single RAM system costs around US$17 million.
The Ulsan-1 frigates are expected to be in service, all of them, by 2020. As for us, the six SGPV/LCS will most probably be in service by 2017-2020 period but as the fate of the other 21 ship remained uncertain mostly due to our budget limitations.
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