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Malaysia lays keel for fourth Maharaja Lela class as concerns over delays emerge

01 November 2018

Key Points

  • Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard has laid down the country’s fourth Maharaja Lela-class Littoral Combat Ship
  • The shipyard’s plan to handover the first-of-class by 2019 may be at risk of delays

Malaysia’s Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) has laid down the fourth Maharaja Lela (Gowind)-class Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on order for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).

Keel for the vessel was laid down on 31 October at BNS’ facility in Lumut, Perak. The 111 m warship is part of a MYR9 billion (USD2.1 billion) contract for six vessels awarded to BNS in 2014.

The Malaysian LCS derives its design from the Gowind 2500 corvette produced by French shipbuilder Naval Group, which is providing technical assistance to BNS for the programme under a technology transfer agreement.

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