Another Fassmer Design for MMEA?

A CGI of the Fassmer MPV90. MMEA MPMS will be slight longer at 95 meters. Fassmer.

SHAH ALAM: The main picture of this post is the CGI of the Fassmer Defence 90 metre multi-purpose ship. The ship according to German-headquartered Fassmer is:

A new breed of ships, Fassmer MPVs (Multipurpose Patrol Vessels) are oriented to meet Combat Support duties, while remaining at a reasonable size for extensive use in day-to-day operations as a logistic and patrol ships. This concept provides for operational flexibility, higher vessel availability and lifecycle logistics saving. Either serving as navy support vessels or as government emergency response ships, Fassmer MPVs are conceptualized to provide Human Aid and Disaster relief in a large scale with fix hospital capabilities, as well as pre-conceptualized modular and deployable additional medical modules. The capabilities of the MPVs is quite extended, with the larger ones able to operate multiple landing spots for helicopters or UAVs.

The arrangement of the Fassmer MPV 90 from the company’s brochure.

So, how is this going to be the second design to be adopted by the MMEA? It nearly became one as MMEA had sought a similar design in a tender for single multi-purpose mission ship (MPMS) last March. The tender was subsequently cancelled and as usual without any explaination.

A CGI of the Fassmer MPV 90 showing the full profile.

The cancelled specification called for

. Design from Fassmer or equivalent. The designer
shall expert in-house design and have a dedicated engineering team that
works closely with the clients.
7.1 General structure. Length Overall (LOA) – At least 95 meters Hard copy
of catalogue/brochure/drawing/any relevant document to describe this part
must be submitted (Mandatory). Please Refer to Attachment 1
7.2 Breadth Overall- Approx. 17 meters Hard copy of
catalogue/brochure/drawing/any relevant document to describe this part
Page 4 / 45
must be submitted (Mandatory). Please Refer to Attachment 1
7.3 Draught (max load displacement)- Approx. 4 metres. Hard copy of
catalogue/brochure/drawing/any relevant document to describe this part
must be submitted (Mandatory). Please Refer to Attachment 1
7.4 Maximum Speed (full load displacement at maximum continuous rating
(MCR) of the main propulsion)- Not less than 20 knots. Hard copy of
catalogue/brochure/drawing/any relevant document to describe this part
must be submitted (Mandatory). Please Refer to Attachment 1
7.5 Continuous Cruising Speed-Not less than 16 knots. Hard copy of
catalogue/brochure/drawing/any relevant document to describe this part
must be submitted (Mandatory). Please Refer to Attachment 1

Well, Fassmer Defence has two versions of the MPV that suits the above specifications, the MPV 90 and MPV 100.

MPV 90 Length overall: 90.70 m Beam overall: 17.00 m Speed: 20-22 kn Displacement (abt.): 3200 t

MPV 100 Length overall: 100.20 m Beam overall: 17.40 m Speed: 20-22 kn Displacement (abt.): 4400 t

A CGI of the Fassmer MPV90. MMEA MPMS will be slight longer at 95 meters. Fassmer.

If this tender is republished and the Fassmer MPV design that is selected, it will be the second time for the German company for MMEA. The Bagan Datuk-class Next Generation Patrol Craft was developed from a Fassmer patrol boat design.
KM Bagan Datuk at LIMA 2017. Note the MMEA Penggalang class FIC – 1303 behind her.

Based on what happened to the Bagan-Datuk class, I am not too sure the MMEA MPMS will look anything like the Fassmer MPV though. They may use the hull and machinery arrangement (as its likely from a proven design) but the rest will be less purposeful and useful.
KM Bagan Datuk with a RMN CB90 at LIMA 17 opening ceremony.

The MPMS specifications call for 30mm RWS like the Aselsan SMASH – already in service with the Bagan Datuk and slated for the OPV and a couple of machine guns. The MPV pictured here is fitted with a 57mm gun, three 30mm RWS and a SAM launcher.
Oto Melara Marlin 40mm gun. Leonardo

To be honest, I prefer a 40mm gun (either from Oto Melara or BAE Systems) than the 30mm RWS, the rounds are much more capable and readily available.
Aselsan SMASH 30mm RWS on the NGPC. The same gun will also be installed on the OPVs.

Unfortunately, I did not get any inkling whether MPMS will be retender soon while at LIMA 2023. This was the same for the four helicopters tendered out by MMEA last year. It is interesting to note that the MMEA MPMS tender was published and cancelled some six months after a tender for two motherships for the Marine Police. There is nothing new about this tender as well during LIMA.
Three MRSS designs on display at the RMN booth at DSA 2018. Malaysian Defence picture

It must be noted that the same Fassmer design at 120 metrer could be suitable for the RMN’s long delayed and still unfunded MRSS.

— Malaysian Defence

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8 Comments

  1. From the fassmer design seems like MMEA is looking for something with a flex deck. Would have preferred the absalon to be choosen thought

  2. This fassmer 90 design more like multi role littoral support vessel.. 😅

  3. IMHO, I think the 120m is too small, only 6000t. I think something like 140 to 160m might be better, remember it has to be something with growth potential too (but not too big either).

  4. Zaft – ”Would have preferred the absalon to be choosen thought”

    While we’re at it why not visit Blohm & Voss at Hamburg and ask them if they still have the drawings for the Bismarck and Tirpitz?

    Tom Tom – ”remember it has to be something with growth potential too (but not too big either).”

    Operational requirements; the budget; etc, etc. The MMEA might not need something with growth potential per see.

    Hyde – ”Its quite small to show off forces.”

    Who’s interested in ”show off forces”? We need something functional, practical and something we can afford to run.

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