SHAH ALAM: Turkish shipbuilder, STM, showcase at LIMA 2023 was among the most visited the booth at the show with a string of visitors from RMN and others coming to see the scale model of the Ada-class corvette. It was the most frequented model of the whole show, I believed.
STM, a state-owned shipyard built the Ada-class corvette and its Ukrainian variant, Ivan Mazepa. The other variant of the corvette – the Pakistan Navy Babur class – is built by another state-owned shipyard, Istanbul Naval Shipyard together with the Karachi Shipyard.
As previously reported, the Ada class, is the design that is to be selected for the LMS Batch II. But as mentioned in the story – the Ada class – is likely to cost more than the budget for the LMS Batch II.
From the story:
As for the second issue on the Ada-class, the cost is said to be over the LMS Batch II budget. Malaysian Defence reported that the budget for the project is to be around RM4.1 billion spread over two RMK, three ships this RMK 12 (2021-2025) and others -five more in RMK 13.
It is because of this the industry thinks a smaller ship, like the Dearsan C92 and Damen Sigma 92 corvettes are more suitable based on the budget.
And as reported also, there was no announcement or even a whisper on the LMS II at LIMA 2023 despite at least five companies (including STM) showing off their proposals for the project.
From Turkey, there was the Dearsan C92 corvette and TAIS Shipyard with its 92-meter OPV and the South Korean Hyundai Heavy Industries with HDC 2000 LMS also at 92 metres in length. Not to forget is the Gading Marine Industries Sdn Bhd/Damen Sigma 92-meter corvette.
Since four of the STM competitors are showing 92-meter long vessels, one might assume that they know something here on the RMN requirements. The Ada-class for the record is 99 meters long. And it is the only one without a VLS – at least the Turkey variant – apart from the TAIS OPV which does not come with a VLS from the start.
The Ukrainian and Pakistan variants of the ADA class are fitted with VLS though. The Ukrainian one is fitted with the VLS for MBDA Sea Ceptor (four VLS one side) at the rear superstructure just before the helicopter hangar.
As expected, all three Turkish proposals will use the Havelsan Advent CMS if any of them is selected for the RMN. It must be noted that STM signed a collaboration agreement with Malaysian government owned Technology Depository Agency Berhad (TDA) for the LMS Batch 2 and the MMEA’s Multi-Purpose Mission Ship (MPMS) project, including the transfer of technology on June 1. TDA managed the Industrial Collaboration Policy (ICP) from the government procurements.
— Malaysian Defence