SHAH ALAM: Work on the LCS project is expected to start this September, RMN Chief Admiral TS Rahman Ayob said today. Speaking to the media in Kota Kinabalu today, he said the resumption of work was starting after the signing of the sixth supplementary contract on May 26.
As reported previously
The cost for the five-ship LCS project has been bumped up for around RM2 billion more. The figure was released by Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Sdn Bhd (BHIC) in a Bursa Malaysia announcement today (May 26). The cost for the five ships is now RM11.2 billion compared to RM9.1 billion, the release said. Do note that the new figure tracks the one presented by Malaysian Defence some months back.
As for the other revision to the contract, BHIC said only five ships will be built now. The deadline for delivery has also been moved to August 2026 instead of the very suspect – 2025 – deadline announced earlier by the Defence Minister. This is still seven years delay to the original deadline. The fifth will be delivered in April 2029, some five years after it was supposed to be delivered. Payments will only be made based on progress rather than milestone as had been done
Rahman was quoted by the national news agency Bernama as saying that the first of five LCS – Maharaja Lela – was expected by the end of 2026. He was speaking to the media at a press conference to mark the end of Eks Angsa 2023 at the RMN naval base in Teluk Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
As for the LMS Batch 2, Rahman said it was still at the evaluation phase for the best design to meet the specifications of the RMN. “The funding has been allocated, we hope to sign the contract by year end and the first ship is expected to be delivered in 36 months (December 2026).
For context on the LCS debacle, HMS Venturer – the first of class of the Type 31 frigate of the Royal Navy – was launched in 2021 and is expected to enter service in 2025.
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