Egyptian Navy Gowind-class corvette which is same design as Maharaja Lela-class frigate
|Name:||Maharaja Lela class|
|Operators:||Royal Malaysian Navy|
|Preceded by:||Lekiu-class frigate|
|Type:||Littoral combat ship (LCS)/Frigate|
|Draught:||3.85 m (12.6 ft)|
|Propulsion:||CODAD 4 x MTU 20V 1163 M94, each rated at 7,400 kW (9,925 shp) Total output: 29,600 kW (39,694 shp) |
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
|Range:||5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
Thales Vigile ESMWallop/Esterline Super Barricade decoy system
Stern hangarHelicopter landing platform
The Maharaja Lela-class frigates (before known as Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) or Littoral combat ships (LCS)) is a class of six stealth frigates being built for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The ships are based on an enlarged version of the Gowind-class corvette, designed by DCNS of France. The contract has been finalised and it has been decided that all six ships will be built by local shipbuilder Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC) for the RMN at a ceiling price of RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion), starting from 2015. The ships will be 111 meters long with a displacement of 3,100 tonnes.
In early 2011, Malaysia announced its SGPV program with a budget of RM6 billion (US$1.9 billion) and six foreign shipbuilders announced interest in the project, most notably ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems with the MEKO 200 and Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding with the Sigma class 10514 as well as DCNS's Gowind-class corvette which was ultimately selected.
In late 2011, it was announced that the Gowind class had been chosen and that the SGPV program had been awarded to Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)/DCNS, with the ceiling price increasing to RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion) from RM6 billion (US$1.9 billion). The RM9 billion (US$2.8 billion) contract included intellectual property rights and technology transfer. The ships' sizes had also changed in accordance with the increase in ceiling price, increasing from 2,700 tonnes to 3,100 tonnes. All six ships will be built by in Lumut, Malaysia and electronic components will be assembled in Cyberjaya, a township in Malaysia just south of Kuala Lumpur.
At DSA 2014, BHIC confirmed that the program is progressing rather well, with some parts already in critical design review the first ship expected to be finished by 2019. BHIC was in charge of designing the Malaysian specification of the Gowind-class ship with DCNS assistance.
On 5 October 2014, RMN chief Admiral Aziz told IHS Jane's that construction of the first of the six ships had started at the BHIC facilities in Lumut, and reiterating a 2019 delivery date for the first ship and the remaining five ships delivered at six-month intervals thereafter. It also stated that RMN's current planning schedule called for sea trials of the first ship to be carried out in 2018 and operational entry in 2019.
It is believed that the RMN had requested for Thales Herakles radar that used on the FREMM frigates but BHIC had instead chosen the SMART-S. These following sensors have been chosen for the ships.
Combat System:DCNS SETIS
Search radar:Thales SMART-S Mk2
Fire control radar:Rheinmetall TMEO Mk2 electro-optical tracking system & TMX/EO Mk2
Sonar:Thales CAPTAS-2 ASW suite with hull sonar & towed array sonar
The Bofors 57 mm gun will be mounted in a stealth cupola similar to the ones mounted on the Swedish Visby-class corvette. This frigate also equipped with two MSI DS30M 30 mm cannon as a secondary gun. BHIC also announced that there has been 16 Sylver VLS allocated on the deck of the ship for the surface-to-air missile although the missiles not contracted yet as 2019. At the LIMA 2015, BHIC confirmed that the Naval Strike Missile had been chosen for this frigate anti-ship missile requirement, winning over the Exocet MM40 Block 3.For the anti-submarine capabilities, it is confirmed that the ships will be equipped with two J+S fixed triple torpedo launcher.
|Builders||Name||Pennant number||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Homeport|
|Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)||Maharaja Lela||2501||8 March 2016||24 August 2017||expected 2021|
|Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)||Syarif Masahor||2502||28 February 2017|
|Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)||Raja Mahadi||2503||18 December 2017|
|Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)||Mat Salleh||2504||31 October 2018|
|Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)||Tok Janggut||2505||TBA|
|Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation (BHIC)||Mat Kilau||2506|