23 September 2022
by Ridzwan Rahmat
A Royal Malaysian Navy Keris-class LMS. The service has proposed a MYR2.4 billion plan to procure three improved variants of this class under its 2023 budget. (Pieter Sinke)
The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has laid out a MYR2.4 billion (USD524.84 million) proposal to procure an initial batch of three improved Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) vessels under the country’s next defence budget.
Documents provided to Janes indicate that the plan is being proposed under the RMN’s ‘Rolling Plan 3′ of the 12th Malaysia Plan, which runs from 2021 to 2025. ‘Rolling Plan 3′ covers proposals that will be funded in the country’s national budget for 2023.
The vessels will be known as the ‘LMS Second Batch’ and the three units that have been proposed for funding under its 2023 budget will be the first vessels in a class of eight ships.
Malaysian Minister of Defence Hishammuddin Hussein first disclosed in January 2022 during an annual ministerial address that the country will procure eight more ‘LMS Second Batch’ vessels for the RMN as a follow-on to the Keris-class LMS. However, no further details were provided.
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