The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has laid out an MYR214 million (USD48 million) plan to equip two of its Kedah-class corvettes with Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launchers. The plan is being proposed as a three-part procurement undertaking below the RMN’s ‘Rolling Plan 4′ of the twelfth Malaysia Plan, which runs from 2021 to 2025. The worldwide open-source intelligence firm Janes reported that Rolling Plan 4 covers proposals that will probably be funded within the nation’s nationwide finances for 2024. At present, the Kedah-class vessels are armed with weapons solely (76 mm gun on the bow, 30 mm gun on the aft), making them fairly frivolously armed and pretty susceptible for naval ships of their dimension, thus justifying their itemizing as offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) quite than correct corvettes. The missiles themselves will be simply “plugged in” with little delay as quickly because the Royal Malaysian Navy has bought them.

The Kedah-class offshore patrol vessels of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) are six ships based mostly on the MEKO 100 design by Blohm + Voss. Initially, a complete of 27 ships have been deliberate, however as a result of programme delays and overruns, solely six have been finally ordered. Their building started within the early 2000s, and by 2009, all six have been in lively service. The six vessels are named after Malaysian states. Whereas their dimension and tonnage implies the Kedah-class ships to be corvettes, they’re categorised as offshore patrol vessels by the Royal Malaysian Navy, a class extra frequent with legislation enforcement or coast guard vessels, not naval warships. That is rooted in the truth that the Kedah class was delivered in a situation named for however not with, which means that sure weapon techniques weren’t included within the unique buy, however all provisions to put in and use them, together with sensors and electronics, are already current within the ships.


NSM (Naval Strike Missile) Anti-ship and Land Assault Cruise Missile

The Kedah class relies on the MEKO 100 corvette. It’s designed to have low radar detectability, low noise, low warmth dissipation, and have a cost-effective cruising pace. The principle radar, TRS-3D/16-ES is a completely coherent multi-mode phased array C-band radar able to totally computerized detection, monitor initiation, and classification of varied kinds of targets. It’s succesful to trace 400 air and floor targets with the detection vary as much as 200 km and the corresponding replace occasions between 1 and 6 seconds. A sophisticated management system generally known as Built-in Platform Administration System (IPMS) is used to watch and management the platform equipment of the ships, together with propulsion, electrical, harm management, and auxiliary equipment and techniques. Because of the small ship complement, the design depends on a excessive diploma of automation for improved operational effectiveness and survivability of the ships. The design makes use of clever electronics and sensors interconnected by information buses.

The Naval Strike Missile (NSM) is an anti-ship and land-attack missile developed by the Norwegian firm Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA). The state-of-the-art design and use of composite supplies is supposed to provide the missile refined stealth capabilities. The missile will weigh barely greater than 400 kg (880 lb) and have a spread of greater than 185 km (115 mi; 100 nmi). NSM is designed for littoral waters (“brown water”) in addition to for open sea (“inexperienced and blue water”) eventualities. The utilization of a excessive power titanium alloy blast/fragmentation warhead from TDW is according to the fashionable light-weight design and options insensitive high-explosive. Warhead initiation is by a void-sensing Programmable Clever Multi-Objective Fuze designed to optimise impact in opposition to exhausting targets. NSM is ready to fly over and round landmasses, journey in sea skim mode, after which make random manoeuvres within the terminal part, making it tougher to cease by enemy countermeasures.

Royal Malaysia Navy Kedah-class OPV KD Terengganu (174)
Royal Malaysia Navy Kedah-class OPV KD Terengganu (174)