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    Malaysia Enhances Its Naval Capabilities With State-of-the-art Maharaja Lela Class Frigates

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    Malaysia’s maritime defense has taken a significant leap forward with the Royal Malaysian Navy’s (RMN) unveiling of the Maharaja Lela class frigates, showcasing its commitment to maintaining a robust and modern fleet.

    Named after the late Perak Chieftain and British resistance leader, the first ship in this class, KD Maharaja Lela, symbolizes a new era of naval capabilities for the Southeast Asian nation.

    Developed by Boustead Naval Shipyard and based on the French Gowind 2500 corvette design, the Maharaja Lela Class features reduced radar cross-section and minimized acoustic, infrared, and magnetic signatures.

    This advanced design is a clear indication of Malaysia’s strategic emphasis on stealth and adaptability in littoral combat situations.

    With an overall length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons, these frigates are equipped with cutting-edge armaments including a BAE Systems Mk3 57mm gun and a 16-cell Sylver vertical launching system for surface-to-air missiles, reinforcing Malaysia’s aerial defense capabilities.

    Additionally, the Kongsberg Naval Strike Missiles and lightweight torpedo launchers compatible with NATO torpedoes provide a powerful offensive against surface and underwater threats.

    The Maharaja Lela Class’s sensor systems are equally impressive, boasting SharpEye Doppler radars and the Smart-S Mk2 3-D surveillance radar for comprehensive tracking capabilities.

    Submarine detection is enhanced by the Captas-2 sonar system, while communication and electronic warfare systems benefit from R&S NAVICS integrated communication and Thales Vigile radar electronic support measures.

    Propulsion is provided by a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) arrangement, with four MTU diesel engines allowing for a maximum speed of 28 knots and a range of 5,000 nautical miles, offering both power and endurance for sustained operations.

    The unveiling at the Royal Malaysian Navy pavilion presented not only a model of the Maharaja Lela-class frigates but a testament to the RMN’s enhanced operational readiness. As Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein stated, “With the LCS vessels, I hope the RMN’s ability to protect the country’s sovereignty will be greatly boosted, especially when it comes to facing the Islamic State threats.”

    This ambitious project includes the launch of five more LCS by 2023, underlining Malaysia’s dedication to modernizing its navy and securing its maritime borders.

    The RMN’s commitment is further exemplified by plans to receive Littoral Mission Ships (LMS) from China, with a portion being built locally to ensure adherence to Malaysia’s specifications and requirements.

    The first Maharaja Lela class Littoral Combat Ship reflects Malaysia’s progress towards achieving self-reliance in maritime defense. This milestone, heralded by the completion of the KD Maharaja Lela within one and a half years since the keel-laying, is a “momentous occasion,” according to BHIC Executive Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Datuk Seri Ahmad Ramli Mohd Nor.

    The RMN’s acquisition of the Maharaja Lela class frigates is a clear reflection of Malaysia’s resolute stance on national security, even in the face of economic challenges.

    With advanced capabilities to tackle electronic, air, surface, and underwater threats, Malaysia confidently sails into the future of naval warfare, equipped with a fleet designed to protect and assert its sovereignty in the ever-evolving landscape of maritime defense.

    Relevant articles:
    Exclusive new photos of Malaysia first Maharaja Lela class Littoral Combat Ship unveiled, Army Recognition
    LIMA 2023: Royal Malaysian Navy unveils Maharaja Lela class LCS, Army Recognition
    Malaysia launches its first French-designed LCS as Navy moves to modernize, Defense News
    Malaysia Launches First of Five Littoral Combat Ships, Defense aerospace

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