SHAH ALAM: Motherships for the Marine police. A tender for two 60 meter motherships for the Marine police are expected to be announced soon, its commander Deputy Commissioner Mohd Yusoff Mamat said on July 7.
The motherships will be tasked to support patrol boats in Malaysian waters, he added. The motherships, he added were among the patrol vessels being purchased for the marine police with funds from RMK11 and RMK12. It must be noted that the MMEA is also looking to procure at least two motherships during the same time period though they have seeking to buy them since 2017.
According to Mohd Yusoff, the marine police has 190 vessels of various types currently to cover the 2,000km of maritime areas. Ninety of these vessels are based in Sabah, 20 in Sarawak and 80 in the peninsula.
One of the vessels being bought under the RMK12 Rolling Plan 1 is 10 Rigid hull assault boat (RHAB) which RFB was issued on June 16 and closes on July 21. From the specifications I believed that they are looking for an enlarged version of the US Coast Guard Defender patrol boats.
According to the specifications the RHAB must be fitted with a full cabin for two crew and six passengers and a top speed of 45 knots with three outboard engines. The boat must be about 12.5 meters to 13.5 meters with a beam of three meters to 3.5 meters. It must have a minimum range 220 nautical mile at a speed of 30 knots.
The windows must be a(r)mour toughened safety glass and direct glazing. The RHAB shall be protected with robust and rugged fenders system around the boat. Like other similar rigid hull boats, the fenders are bullet proof for up to 7.62mm rounds.
What interesting part of the specifications is the armaments section:
The boat shall be equipped with One (1) gun mountings with pivot for swivel multi-direction to mount One (1) FN Herstal General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) 7.62MM Light Pintle Head External Pintle Mounted on Forward Deck. The 7.62mm machine Gun to be supplied by the Shipyard. The gun mounting shall be fitted with bullet proof armor shield no less than NIJ level III fitted.
I believed many shipyards will not be able to supply the GPMG for the testing though as not many will have the license to buy machineguns.
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