Sundang, Second LMS launched

SHAH ALAM: Sundang, second LMS launched. PCU Sundang, the second ship of the four LMS class was named and launched in China today. The ship was named and launched by Puan Seri Rusnah A. Rahman, the wife of the Armed Forces chief, at Shuangli, Wuhan China, says TLDM.

The new Sundang took over the name of a patrol class ship of the same name which was decommissioned on June 1, 2005. RMN says Sundang was a type of weapon used by Malay warriors in the past, just like the Keris, the first of class LMS. Pre commissioning unit, Keris, was launched at the same shipyard in China on April 15, this year. Keris launch here.

PCU Sundang at the launch ceremony today. RMN

Second of Class

As the second ship of the class, Sundang, carried the pennant number 112. Keris is of course 111. According to RMN, Sundang will be undergoing tests after its launching and is scheduled to be delivered in April, 2020.

Sundang at its launch ceremony today. RMN

It said Keris was currently undergoing harbour and acceptance trials. It was expected to be delivered to the RMN by December, this year, as scheduled.

First of class LMS, Keris, prior to its launch. RMN

Two More

Work on the other two LMS are underway at the CSOC shipyard and are expected to be launched by mid of next year. The government signed a contract with Boustead Naval Shipyard for the supply of the four LMS, on March, 23, 2017. Originally two of the LMS were to built in China with another two built at the BNS facility in Pulau Jerejak, Penang.

Sundang after her launch/ RMN

However earlier this year, the contract was revised which led to all of the LMS to be built in China. With the revision, the contract for the LMS was reduced from RM1.17 billion to RM1.05 billion.

– Malaysian Defence

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