SHAH ALAM: ST Engineering Marine Ltd is expected to deliver the first of six Multi-Role Combat Vessels (MRCV) to the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) by 2028, it was announced on March 27. Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced that its subsidiary, ST Engineering had received the contract for detailed design and manufacturing of the new vessels.
Release from ST Engineering:
Singapore, 27 March 2023 – Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) today announced that its subsidiary, ST Engineering Marine Ltd., has been awarded a contract by the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) for the detailed design and construction of six Multi-Role Combat Vessels (MRCVs) for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
ST Engineering will be responsible for the procurement and integration of the platform equipment and MINDEF furnished equipment. Its scope of work will also include the undertaking of design and the provision of Integrated Logistics Support Engineering to support and maintain operational readiness during the lifespan of the MRCVs. The MRCVs will be constructed at ST Engineering Marine’s premises in Singapore. The six vessels are expected to be delivered progressively from 2028 onwards.
The MRCV is designed to function as a mothership and can operate a range of manned and unmanned systems in a flexible, intuitive and integrated manner. The MRCV will be able to support a wide spectrum of missions with maximum combat effectiveness.
“This contract affirms our capabilities to design and build large and complex naval vessels,” said Ng Sing Chan, President of Marine business at ST Engineering. “The new MRCV will harness the ‘multiplier effect’ of digital technologies, to meet the RSN’s requirements for faster, more efficient operations. It also demonstrates our commitment to support MINDEF in the area of design, construction, operations and support.”
Apart from the state-owned company, Singapore also signed an agreement with Thales and a MOU with Saab. It has been widely reported previously that the MRCV will be based on the Vanguard 130 multi role combatant. However, Naval News reported that the MRCV will be based on Absalon class frigate by Denmark’s Odense Maritime Technology. The report also said the ships will be fitted with Thales’ Sea Fire radar and MBDA’s Aster and VL Mica surface-to-air missiles.
As this is happening just south of us, it is unclear whether our own naval programmes, the LCS and LMS Batch II will be delivered ahead of the MRCV. RSN Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) started almost at the same time as the LCS but all eight ships have now been commissioned into service.
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