- DCNS has given details of an effort to transfer naval shipbuilding expertise to Malaysia
- Deal is part of a technology transfer arrangement made under the contract to acquire six SGPV-LCS ships
As part of a strategy to develop naval engineering expertise in markets it operates in, French shipbuilder DCNS has begun training a team of Malaysian engineers in naval combat systems integration, the company told Jane's on 22 March at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition.
The training, which includes developing customised software components for the SETIS combat management system (CMS) that will go onboard the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) fleet of new Second Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship (SGPV-LCS) platforms, are being carried out in France across two DCNS facilities in Lorient and Ollioules.
One of the engineers who is currently undergoing the training, but back in Malaysia for the LIMA exhibition, is Asiah Sukori. She told Jane's that the training involves testing and verification of various weapon systems found onboard the SGPV-LCS platform, and making sure that these components are able to interface with the ship's CMS.
She highlighted that the LCS has been equipped with various equipment from different manufacturers, and the challenge was to physically and functionally integrate the various equipment with the platform's CMS.
"As part of the verifications, we are also responsible for producing documentation that will be referred to throughout the lifetime of the ship", said Hairel Abbie, another Malaysian systems integration engineer who is currently undergoing the training programme. "Once this expertise is developed within our small team of about seven engineers, the plan is to transfer this knowledge locally", he added.
DCNS has indicated that it plans to send more Malaysian engineers to France in the coming months.
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