SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) today took delivery of seven fast interceptor craft (FIC) ordered for the on-going Op Benteng. Another one will be delivered this October. The FICs – costing RM6.3 million – will be primarily used in MMEA operations in the Strait of Malacca.
The seven FICs will be used by several MMEA state and zone units, says a post on MMEA Facebook page.
Two of the FICs will be operated by the MMEA Special Action Team while Perak, Malacca and Negri Sembilan state MMEAs will received one each. Another two FICs will be operated by Kuala Kurau and Batu Pahat zone units. The Kuala Perlis MMEA zone unit will received the eight FIC this October.
The MMEA posting did not identify the type of the FIC but it appears that these look like the UES Marine P38 high speed interceptors, four of which were purchased by the RMN for use in operations in ESSCOM AOR in 2015. ESSCOM also operate one P38 interceptor. MMEA did not named the company that won the contract but the posting showed pictures of personnel from both Muhibbah Engineering and UES at the handover ceremony.
The MMEA designated the FICs as Kelas Benteng as the procurement of the assets were done for Op Benteng under the National Task Force. Op Benteng was launched on May 12 as a coordinated operations to prevent the spread of Covid 19 among the Malaysian Armed Forces, police, MMEA and other enforcement agencies
As for the FICs for the RMN, there is no update yet.
— Malaysian Defence