SHAH ALAM: In an earlier report on the LMS Batch 2, Malaysian Defence had reported that there were four 92-meter sized ships being offered for the programme. Two ships are from Turkey – the Dearsan C92 corvette and TAIS Shipyard with its 92-meter OPV and the South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries with HDC 2000 LMS also at 92 metres in length.
The fourth candidate is the Gading Marine Industries Sdn Bhd/Damen Sigma 92-meter corvette.
Even with five candidates (the favourite is the Ada class frigate from STM) already, Malaysian Defence can reveal that there is another candidate waiting in the sidelines. If the programme goes to the tender process, of course, though it seems PMX had poured cold water on that.
A local company will be proposing the sixth candidate together with two foreign companies, Malaysian Defence was told. I am not naming the local company (for reasons, though it is not Boustead Naval Shipyard.) One of the foreign partners is CMN Naval of France. CMN was the builder of the Perdana class FAC, all four of which remained in service, some fifty years after they were commissioned into RMN.
CMN Naval is now part of an international group of shipyards which include the German Naval Yard, Keil which is one of the shipyards which built the Meko A100 corvette for the German Navy and the Israeli Saar 6. The Meko A100 on steroids. What CMN Naval says about itself:
CMN NAVAL’s facilities and shipyards are located in France, Germany and the United Kingdom. CMN NAVAL has delivered more than 3,500 vessels and provided support to 42 navies around the world. Products range from 15-meter high-speed interceptors to frigates.
CMN website shows three corvette designs that could be offered for LMS Batch 2 programme – the C92 (Saar 6); Baynunah, and SeaGuard 96. The sources however did not reveal which design will be offered for LMS Batch so I am assuming it will be either the C92 or the SeaGuard 96.
It is likely it will be the SeaGuard 96 that will be offered for LMS Batch 2 if it come to that. This is because it is a design from CMN Naval itself. Even though it is not the C92 corvette, the SeaGuard 96 remain a cousin to Kedah class.
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