SHAH ALAM: A Bernama story on MMEA patrol boats last month, got some people all excited though it did not reveal anything.
The Bernama story published on June 23- among others said that the agency will be getting nine new vessels – six patrol boats and three OPVs.
What’s so great about that? It’s old news actually. If you want to read the story go here. I guess it will not hurt to read a recycled story, once in a while.
So what is the patrol boat MMEA is getting by year end, which is not explained by the Bernama story? It will be the NGPC of course as I has posted before.
As for the OPV not a word about it was explained in the article. Anyhow, even though in the interview with Malaysian Defence, the MMEA DG says that it will be decided in a tender – the latest word is that it will not.
The builder, according to industry sources, has already been decided. It is a subsidiary of a government link company, I am told. Since they are still negotiating the details, I will not name the company but it must be noted that it had not build ships before!
For that reason, I am guessing that the first vessel could be build overseas and completed here while the second and third will be assembled here from completed modules. I stand to be corrected of course.
The design I am told may or may not be a German one as I had reported before. I will not named the design at this moment as there are too many sharks in the water!
So what is the specifications of the OPV. It will be about 80 metres long and it will be able to carry out the duties envisaged by the MMEA.
As specified by the MMEA, the OPV will be equipped with a hangar, flight deck and service space for a single helicopter up to 11-tonnes. This also means it will be able to operate UAVs with the Thales Fulmar X leading the pack as it had already been chosen for the NGPC.
That said a completely different UAV could be chosen as the decision lies with the ship-builder and not MMEA.
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