Original Title “Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette”
Navy Recognition ^ | August 27, 2014
Posted on 27/8/2014 23:28:15 by sukhoi-30mki
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) unveiled for the first time an official rendering of its future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) – Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV). The vessel is based on DCNS’ Gowind Combat corvette design. DCNS is the warship design authority while local shipyard Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn will be in charge of buidling the vessels locally.
The RMN’s LCS will have a length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons. The 6 vessels will be fitted with 57mm Mark 3 main guns with stealth cupola from BAE Systems Bofors. It was confirmed to us during LIMA 2013 that the combat management system will be the SETIS by DCNS, the Fire Control Systems will be provided by Rheinmetall, and the engines will be provided by MTU. There will be two 30mm remote weapon stations by MSI. Thales announced ealier this year that it has signed a Letter of Award with Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd. to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems, as well as six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).
Navy Recognition’s own sources indicate it is now highly likely that the anti-ship missiles and surface to air missile will be provided by MBDA (MM40 Block 3 and VL Mica respectively).
First ship of the class is set to be floated out and lowered in the water via a platform in December of 2018.
Royal Malaysian Navy statement:
In accordance with its long term plan to become a World-Class Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy ordered six LCS class frigates with four-dimensional warfare capabilities.
Procurement contract is between the Government and Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS). This acquisition is a continuation of the acquisition of six New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) of BNS before. LCS will be equipped with the tools and systems for 4-dimensional war with Surface to Air Missile system (SAM), Surface to Surface Missile (SSM), Medium Caliber Gun (MCG), Small Caliber Gun (SCG), Towed Array Sonar (TAS), torpedo and Decoy Launching System (DLS) technology. In addition, the LCS has acquired a modern stealth design and will meet the defense capability of the 21st century. This acquisition will also strengthen the navy as a credible navy in the Southeast Asian region and internationally.
At the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015, Anuar Murad, Director of the Defence & Security Division at Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC), confirmed that the Naval Strike Missile had been chosen for the SGPV’s anti-ship missile requirement, winning over the Exocet MM40 Blk3. He also commented that “We are now approaching the end of basic design phase two. We have integrated the systems and equipment into the main whole warship design. We have two more combat system equipments that we have not been able to finalize. For the platform systems equipment, we do have all the major ones already in contract and gone through the design review”. Some additional details of the ship such as dimensions at waterline and sea state survivability were made known at the exhibition
Integrated operational capabilities
Broad and with excellent seakeeping characteristics, GOWIND 2500 operates an organic 10 t class helicopter, which extends the vessel’s warfare capabilities far beyond the horizon.
GOWIND 2500 is fitted with SETIS, DCNS’ integrated Combat System to counter multiple, multidomain attacks and threats:
- long range coordinated surface engagement;
- point air defence;
- submarine deterrence and tracking;
- gradual asymmetric engagement;
- shared accurate tactical picture through;
- interoperable data links.
1. 3D Radar;
2. Electronic Support Measures (ESM) suite;
3. Hull mounted sonar;
4. Variable depth sonar;
5. Fire control system;
6. Vertical launching system (16 cells);
7. Main gun (57- up to 76-mm);
8. 8 Surface-to-surface missiles;
9. Short range gun system;
10. Torpedo launching system;
11. Decoy launching system;
12. Helicopter (10 t) and Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) facilities;
13. Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).
- Displacement – 3,100 t
- Length – 111 m (overall) / 105 m (waterline)
- Breadth – 16 m (main deck) / 14.2 m (waterline)
- Draught – 3.85 m
- Propulsion – CODAD
- Maximum speed – 28 knots
- Range – 5,000 nm at 15 knots
- Crew – 138
- Survivability – Sea State 9
- Endurance – 21 days
- Aircraft carried – 1 × Super Lynx 300 / Fennec AS555 / EC725
Combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) is a propulsion system for ships using two diesel engines to power a single propeller shaft. A gearbox and clutches enable either of the engines or both of them together to drive the shaft.
The 57mm gun will be mounted in a stealth cupola similar to the ones mounted on the Swedish Visby-class corvette. Boustead Naval Shipyard has also announced that there has been extra space allocated on the deck of the ship for more VLS cells. The contracts for many of the armaments have been signed, leaving only the anti air missiles undecided.
57 mm Mk 3 in a stealth cupola
The 57 mm Mk 3 in a stealth cupola aboard a Visby-class corvette Bofors. 57 mm guns are a series of dual-purpose naval guns. The stealth variant has a reduced radar profile, in part by hiding the gun barrel when it is not firing. Also, the gun has a small radar mounted on the gun barrel to measure muzzle velocity for fire control purposes and can change ammunition types instantly due to a dual-feed system.b Gun can also be operated/fired manually without the FC system using a joystick and video camera (mounted on gun). 120 ready rounds, up to 40 rounds in dual hoists, 1,000 rounds in mounting effective range 8,500 m (9,300 yd) (HE round), maximum range 17,000 m (19,000 yd) (HE round at 45°)
2 x 30mm MSI DS30M 30mm cannon
2 x 30mm MSI DS30M 30mm cannon. The DS30M Mark 2 system consists of a 30mm Mark 44 Bushmaster II on a fully automated mount with an off-mount electro-optical director (EOD). The gun and the EOD are controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship. The “mount is a single cannon naval mount that is gyro stabilized, electrically operated and self contained gun mounting featuring a choice of cannon, control mode and sights.
Naval Strike Missile (NSM)
Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA), Engine: Solid fuel rocket booster, Microturbo TRI 40 turbojet, Range: NSM 185 km (115 mi; 100 nmi)+ sea skimming, Speed: Subsonic, Inertial, GPS, terrain-reference navigation, imaging infrared homing, target database.
MICA Vertical Launch air-defense missiles
The VL MICA is a weapon system with an unmatched self-defence and local area defence capability for a wide range of surface combatant vessels VL MICA is available with two state-of-the-art seekers (IR or RF).
It can counter the most severe IRCM-ECM scenarios with a very high kill probability.
VL MICA offers a real multiple target capability (autonomous guidance, extremely short reaction time) and all target capability (aircraft, missiles, PGMs, smart bombs and helicopters) with low training costs and reduced manpower requirements.
VL MICA is integrated to the ship combat system, which provides target designation data from existing air defence sensors. No dedicated fire control system is needed (neither illuminator nor radar tracker).
The missile is launched from an individual storage container (no additional VLS), providing 360° engagement coverage and maintaining ship stealth and stability. The system compactness and modularity enable installation on a wide range of warships for new built or refit.
The VL MICA has already been procured by several navies all over the world. Source mbda-systems.com
Mica SAM naval version
MBDA VL Mica SAM naval version, VL MICA-M, fired from a ship-fitted vertical launch system. It is fitted with a thrust vector control (TVC) system. While the VL MICA has an advertised range of 20 km, aerodynamic performance is significantly degraded at those ranges. From 0 to 7 km MICA has maneuverability of 50g, however by 12 km this is reduced to 30g as energy is lost.
The Gowind 2500 multi-mission corvette is designed for surveillance, surface and subsurface combat, protection and escort naval missions
Search radar:Thales SMART-S Mk2
Fire control radar:Rheinmetall TMEO Mk2 electro-optical tracking system & TMX/EO Mk2
Decoy:Wallop/Esterline SuperBarricade system
Sonar:Thales CAPTAS-2 ASW suite with hull sonar & towed array sonar
It is believed that the Navy had requested for Thales Herakles radar used on the FREMM frigates but Boustead Naval Shipyard had instead chosen the SMART-S.
SMART-S MK2 3D
SMART-S MK2 3D MEDIUM TO LONG RANGE SURVEILLANCE RADAR Thales’s latest 3D multibeam radar, operates in S-band and is optimised for medium-to-long-range surveillance and target designation in littoral environments. The latter consisting of a mix of sea, land, islands, coastal rains and thunderstorms and a multiple of radar targets including small surface targets, helicopters and anti-ship missiles. Furthermore, SMART-S Mk2 is designed to match the full performance of surface to air missiles (SAM), such as the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM). SMART-S Mk2 is extremely suitable as the main air and surface surveillance radar in a one radar concept for light frigates, corvettes and ships such as Landing Platform Docks (LPD). With its 2 main modes, 250-km range, special helicopter mode, surface fire channels