- Singapore has launched its fourth Littoral Mission Vessel
- Republic is on track to operate all eight LMV platforms by 2020
Singapore shipbuilder ST Marine has launched the fourth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The ship, which will be the future RSS Justice with pennant number 18, was launched on 18 March at the company's facilities in Benoi. The 80 m platform is part of a contract for eight LMVs signed between ST Marine and the Singapore Ministry of Defence in 2013.
According to Jane's Fighting Ships the LMV platform features a full-load displacement of 1,250 tonnes, can accommodate a baseline crew of 23 including five officers, and embark a medium-lift helicopter on its flight deck. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines, the vessel can attain top speeds in excess of 27 kt, and a standard range of 3,500 n miles (6,482 km) at 15 kt.
The LMV's defensive capabilities are provided by one Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Oto Melara Hitrole 12.7 mm remote-controlled weapon stations (one each on the port and starboard sides), and a Rafael 25 mm Typhoon gun system mounted at the aft section. Defence against aerial threats is provided by MBDA's VL Mica anti-air missile system deployed via a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section.
Justice expected to be fully operational by 2018, and the RSN is currently scheduled to operate all eight LMVs by 2020.
The first three vessels, Independence, Sovereignty, and Unity, are currently undergoing sea trials. The first-of-class is due for commissioning on 5 May 2017 as part of the RSN's golden jubilee celebrations.
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