SHAH ALAM: Not an LMS Batch 2 candidate. An Algerian Navy El Moutassadi – pennant number 940 – corvette came alongside the National Hydrographic Centre at Port Klang on March 3. The ship likely stopped here for refuel and rest break following its delivery from China. Algerian Navy previous visit to Malaysia.
Yes, El Moutassadi is a China-made Type 056 corvette which easily fits into the LMS Batch 2 requirements. Though as Malaysian Defence has posted before, RMN did not want its latest vessel to come from that country.
It is unclear what Type 056 variant is the Algerian corvette, but it is said to be an improved variant of the C13B corvette of the Bangladesh Navy and the Nigerian Navy’s P18N OPV. The Bangladeshi ships (four) is ninety metres long and has displacement of 1,330 tonnes while the Nigerian ones (two) are longer at 96 metres and a displacement of 1800 tonnes.
From the pictures posted by the centre, the Algerian corvette looks like Bangladeshi ones and the same type of weapons. It has a 76mm main gun, four surface to surface missile launchers, two ASW rockets launchers and a single FL-3000 SAM launcher. The FL-3000 is the China version of the US/German RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile launcher.
It must be noted that it is likely that Algerian corvette like its Bangladeshi and Nigerian counterparts , was built at the Wuchang shipyard in Wuhan. Just like our own LMS. The Type 056 and Type C28A corvettes were among the China ships offered to Malaysia around 2015 and 2018 before the government decided on the LMS Batch 1 design.
China has built 72 of the Type 056 corvettes of which twenty-two has been handed down to its coast guard. It has also been reported that the corvette was developed from the Pattani-class corvette built by the Wuhan shipyard for the Royal Thai Navy in 2002.
Wikipedia page on the Type 056 corvette claimed the Argentinian version of the ship cost US$50 million each or RM223 million (at the current exchange rate). If we get the corvette as the supposed-budget of LMS Batch 2 (RM2.4 billion) we can get ten of them with extra spare change. That said with our perennial problems of leakages, a Type 056 corvette may well cost us RM450 million per ship. The Keris class ship costs us some RM1.048 billion or RM350 million each
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