Missile Surface Corvette (MSC) /
Multi-mission Combat Ship (MCS)
In February 2015 NGV Tech Sdn Bhd bid for a contract to supply six corvettes to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The company, a local shipbuilder, had "run into financial difficulties" [aka entered bankruptcy] in 2014 while building two training vessels for the RMN, and now partnered with Naval Marine Engineering & Logistics Sdn Bhd (NMEL).
DSME obtained an order to build 6 warships from the Malaysian government, taking part in the country's naval modernization project. The DSME said on 21 November 2014 that it received an order for six corvettes from the Malaysian Navy on 24 November 2014. A corvette is designed for quick offense and defense, mostly used for patrolling coastal areas. The order specifies vessels displacing approximately 1,800 tons. The DSME said that three units will be built at Geojedo Okpo shipyard and delivered to Malaysia in order starting from January 2018, and the other three units will be built in Malaysia by delivering them in block form.
Navy Recognition reported during DSA 2014, the 14th Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference held in April in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), that Korean shipbuilder DSME introduced for the first time its Missile Surface Corvette (MSC). DSME's MSC had a length of about 85.5 meters, a breadth of 12.9 meters, a draft of 3.8 meters and a displacement of about 1,800 tons. The MSC crew consists of 60 sailors. Its top speed is 26 knots and endurance in excess of 20 days.
Maintaining a close relationship between the DSME, which focuses on fostering the defense industry, and the Malaysian Navy formed the foundation of the order. The DSME previously achieved orders for warships from England, Norway, Thailand, and Bangladesh, since winning orders for three submarines from Indonesia in 2011.
The Missile Corvette program could merge with the NGPV (next-gen patrol vessel) program as part of a new Royal Malaysian Navy plan called "15 to 5": The plan consists in moving from 15 classes of vessel to just 5 across the fleet. NGPV program calls for up to 12 vessels. DSME expected the project to start once Malaysia overcame the current financial difficulties. The Malaysian partner was still NMEL Sdn Bhd.
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