Op Benteng FICs Delivered

SHAH ALAM: OP Benteng FICs delivered. The six Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) ordered from Gading Marine Sdn Bhd has been fully delivered to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). Defence Minister DS Ismail Sabri was on hand at the Lumut naval base for the official handover ceremony held on April 26. He said another 13 FICs, worth RM120 million, will be ordered this year. He did not say whether the contract has been given to Gading Marine or the contract will be open for competition.

Defence Minister DS Ismail Sabri saluting as the FICs sailed past the VIP stage. Mindef

The Gading Marine boats, according to Ismail were delivered to the RMN on April 19, was built under a RM80 million contract. It is unclear the contract worth included the RWS which has yet to be installed on them. The FICs will be in service in the fast combat boat squadrons of the RMN.

Six FICs lined up at the handover ceremony

The original release.

LUMUT, 26 April 2021 — Kementerian Pertahanan bercadang untuk menambah 13 lagi bot pemintas Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) bernilai lebih RM120 juta untuk memperkasakan lagi pertahanan di kawasan sempadan khususnya di perairan negara.
Menteri Kanan Pertahanan, YB Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob berkata setakat ini, Tentera Laut DiRaja Malaysia (TLDM) telah menerima enam bot berkenaan yang bernilai keseluruhan RM80 juta pada 19 Mac yang lalu.
Menurut beliau, FIC melalui Projek Peralihan Operasi Benteng (Op Benteng) yang dibina Gading Marine Industry (M) Sdn Bhd (GMI) itu diletakkan dalam Skuadron Fast Combat Boat (FCB) berperanan sebagai elemen sokongan pertahanan maritim negara terutama kepada kapal TLDM dalam penugasan Op Benteng dalam meningkatkan keupayaan pengawasan dan pintasan di perairan cetek dan berpulau.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika sidang media selepas menyaksikan Demonstrasi Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) sempena lawatan kerja beliau ke Pangkalan TLDM Lumut, Perak, hari ini.
Terlebih dahulu, YB Menteri juga telah merasmikan Kiosk BHP yang terletak di dalam Kem Armada Mutiara, Pangkalan TLDM Lumut. Kiosk ini merupakan yang perfama disediakan oleh BHPETROL di dalam kawasan kem yang akan memberi kemudahan kepada lebih daripada 15,000 anggota TLDM serta keluarga di pangkalan ini.
YB Menteri turut meluangkan masa beramah mesra serta berbuka puasa bersama warga TLDM Lumut.

The six FICs sailed up to the VIP stage. Note that none of them are fitted with the RWS/ TLDM

Meanwhile, Ismail also told the media that the working paper on the LCS will be tabled with the Cabinet either this week or the next meeting. The Cabinet will decide on the matter, whether to continue with Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) with new directions as the main contractor or cancel the project and appoint a new main contractor.
Vroom.

For the moment, the ministry preferred the BNS option as it will be able to solve the current crisis and also protect the workers livelihood.
A side view of the FIC. RMN


— Malaysian Defence

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