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DSA 2024: Malaysia Navy & STM unveil future Littoral Mission Ship LMS Batch II.

At the Defense Services Asia (DSA) 2024 exhibition, the Royal Malaysian Navy is showcasing a model of its future Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) Batch II, developed in collaboration with Turkish defense company STM.
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Littoral Mission Ship LMS Batch II by STM. (Picture source: Navy Recognition)

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is moving forward with its second batch of Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) under the LMS Batch II program. This new batch will consist of three Ada-class corvettes, following a government-to-government approach with Turkey's Savunma Teknolojieri Muhendislik (STM).

The procurement process was approved earlier this year by the Ministry of Finance, and a letter of intent (LOI) has been signed, securing the collaboration with STM to finalize the acquisition and design specifications​​.

These advanced vessels displace 2,400 tonnes and feature a length of nearly 100 meters. They are powered by a combination of a gas turbine and two diesel engines, allowing them to reach speeds up to 30 knots, with a cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles at 15 knots. These ships can sustain operations autonomously for up to 10 days and 21 days with logistical support.

They are equipped with advanced combat management and weapon control systems, including G-MSYS (GENESIS) and SMART-S Mk2 radars. Their armament is formidable, featuring a 76mm Oto Melara Super Rapid gun, anti-ship missiles like Harpoon or Atmaca, and RAM anti-aircraft systems. Their anti-submarine warfare capabilities are bolstered by twin-launchers for Mk.46 torpedoes and the Sea Sentor defense system.

For electronic warfare, the corvettes employ systems like ARES-2N, ASW jammers, and RF detection. They can carry helicopters such as the S-70B Seahawk and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

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