Malaysia’s Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC) is preparing the second phase of its programme to build littoral mission ships (LMS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).
Ir Hairutdin Ayob, LMS programme director at BHIC, said the company has nearly completed the design of a platform that could form the basis of additional batches of LMS vessels, following on from the four Chinese-designed LMS that the RMN has already agreed to procure from BHIC and its partner, China Shipbuilding and Offshore International (CSOC).
Speaking at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Ayob said the new design is loosely based on the original LMS but has been updated and adapted to meet future and additional RMN requirements such as greater emphasis on patrol operations.
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