Six FICs For Ops Benteng

A Riverine Command Boat (RCB), assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.7, conducts a security patrol. RCBs provide a multi-mission platform for the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility by focusing on maritime security operations, maritime infrastructure protection and theater security cooperation efforts, as well as conduct offensive combat operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter Lewis/Released)

SHAH ALAM: Six FICs for Ops Benteng. The Defence Ministry has issued a Request For Bids for the procurement of six Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC) for the RMN for Ops Benteng use. The tender came shortly after another RFB for the wet lease of two helicopters also for the same operation.

I have no idea whether the new tender is an extension of an earlier one or a completely new one. The old tender had been put on hold as it came under criticisms as it favoured agents instead of the local industry which claimed they can manufacture the boats locally. The new tender is open only to local manufacturers. However, it must be said if they bought six FICs from a local manufacturer based on this tender, it should be elementary that if RMN has further needs for more boat of the same type or role, they should buy the same ones. That said stranger things have happened before.

A BAE Systems FIC. Used for illustration only. Bae Systems

The RFB for the FICs for Ops Benteng was published on 20 July and closes on 30 July. As usual I am not purview to the detailed technical specifications but the bidders must also supplied the RMN with support and spares for one year. Based on the technical specifications review list, we are informed that the FICs general arrangement should be approved by the International Association of Classification Societies and the design complied with the International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft, 2000.
RMN CB90 Combat boat

It would be powered by diesel engines to power water jets and equipped with generators and fitted with with a forward looking infra red turret, a navigation radar and other equipment for sea going boats ie AIS, DGPS etc. The list however did not mentioned any need for a remote weapon station though it could be listed under the full technical specifications, the one thats only available to the bidders.
One of the Watercat assault/landing boat of marine police. The vessel or the latest version could be offered for the RMN FIC tender.

The list also stated that the FICs be fitted with shock absorbing seats for the crew and an embarked Quick Reaction Force (QRF). It did not state the crew numbers but usually such boats carry four-crew members and at least six personnel for QRF duties. It need to have a pantry though which means that the FICs should be out on patrol for a day at least.
One of the FIC built by BYO Marine Sdn Bhd for APMM.

One technical specification that must be complied with – if bidders put forward a boat which did not comply with the technical list it would be rejected at the start of the tender review – is that the boats offered must have a beaching capability.
The beaching capability as stated as in the Senarai Semak Untuk Pematuhan Teknikal.

Not many FICs were designed with beaching capability though, based on memory – they are the CB 90 and Watercat M14 – both already in service with the RMN and the marine police, respectively.

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18 Comments

  1. BTW I have gone through the tender documents. I cannot find any mention about the beaching capability requirements.

    Reply
    Its in the semakan list

  2. ” Not many FICs were designed with beaching capability though”
    So really just a 2 horse competition. But buying now doesn’t mean they would get it tomorrow, so either they predict Ops Benteng will go on far into next year or this excuse was just a convenient one to justify the purchase.

  3. Good news indeed..thank god. Slow and steady we start to modernised our armed force even with the little budget..lets get what we really need first for our security.

  4. If beaching capabilities is required..try look at IC 20M fast patrol boat from swedish docstavarvet. Its the same company manufactures CB90.

  5. From my industrial informant, the tender to supply 6 FIC has been awarded to Gading marine, same supplier as per Marine Police FIC, the design will be the same as per marine police FIC yet a bit longer. Will be equipped with two waterjet. Dockstarvet, also propose for a new type of CB-90, but didnt meet the TLDM requirement for 50kts speed, furthermore TLDM wants a local supplier. The FIC will not have a ramp as beaching capability is not in TLDM requirement

    Reply
    The beaching capability is in the technical specifications list

  6. Have checked with some friends.
    The specs call for a 12.7mm RCWS. Beaching capability for troop embarkation also in the specs.

  7. RCWS is listed in the specs as optional. Yards are to quote separately I guess. With the RCWS, crew will increase to 4 with the inclusion of the gun operator.

    Reply
    If there is a requirement for a RWS it will be a government furnished equipment. The shipyard must show however that their boats have and is designed for mounting for the type of RWS and of course wiring. They won’t have to quote for the RWS itself as they will not be able to buy them as reputable manufacturers will not sell them to private companies. Personally I am partial to the Kongsberg Proctector mounting the Light 30 mm gun. Alas it appears that some people in Mindef don’t particularly like Kongsberg for reasons unknown. The Light 30mm gun also uses a different rounds than the ones already in used by the RMN.

  8. @ api 69

    ” Have checked with some friends.
    The specs call for a 12.7mm RCWS. Beaching capability for troop embarkation also in the specs ”

    what about the too speed? any requirement on that?

    This looks to be a requirement of an ideal waterborne IFV for a littoral combat force similar to the swedish coastal jaegers.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kustjägarna

  9. The “shock absorbing” seats are great but what would also be great would be some form a lightweight ballistic panels to protect against small arms rounds.

    Reply
    It could be in the detailed technical specifications

  10. @…,

    Just asked…
    Top speed minimum 50 knots for minimum 1 hour continuous! And ong full displacement as well… huhuhu….
    Not easy to achieve this requirement, especially with a waterjet.

    Reply
    It will be a killer on the range with that continuous top speed

  11. Marhalim,

    My bad on the beaching ramp requirement as that is the info I get from the industrial side. The construction material for the FIC has been brought in at the company yard in Manjung. Quite weird as RFB just came out, but certain companies already start building the boats.

  12. @ api 69

    ” Top speed minimum 50 knots for minimum 1 hour continuous! ”

    50 knots in what sea state? i dont want to be be in a boat going 50 knots for 1 hour in anything more than sea state 2.

    BTW is our boats equipped with technologies like this?
    http://www.zipwake.com

  13. This one also has beaching ramp…
    IC16M

    https://youtu.be/FWq8caG4H4U

    Reply
    Thank you for pointing it out but as I mentioned in the post I didn’t Google it much but from memory alone. Anyhow the boat is a variant of the CB90 so basically it is the same thing.

  14. On the police FAC

    Gading Marine build the PC31 & PC32 Fast Assault Crafts for Polis Marin for RM23.2 million. So each boat costs RM11.6 million.

    The boat is designed by LOMOcean, the same designer of the ill fated KRI Klewang, and plenty of FICs from various builders for Kastam and Polis Marin.

    The specs

    Length:17.6m
    Construction:Aluminium
    Beam:4.6m
    Draft:~1.0m
    Power:2 x 1200hp
    Fuel:3750L
    Cruise:30 knots
    Sprint:45+ knots
    Range:300nm

    PC31 is based in Muar, while PC32 in Port Klang

    http://www.chinapress.com.my/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/polismarine190308khse01i.jpg

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