According to Ridzwan Rahmat, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly correspondent, Shipbuilder ST Marine has laid down the fifth Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) on order for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The 1,250-tonne platform, which will be the future RSS Indomitable, was laid down on 11 November at the shipyard’s facilities in Jurong.
Indomitable is part of a contract for eight LMVs acquired by the Singapore government to replace the RSN’s 11 Fearless-class patrol boats, a number of which have been in service for more than 20 years.
First-of-class Independence was launched in July 2015, while third-of-class Unity was launched in October 2016. The fourth vessel, Justice, is currently under construction at ST Marine’s facilities in Benoi, having been laid down in May 2016.
The LMV platform features a length of 262.5 feet/80 m, a beam of 39.4 feet/12 m, and a draught of 9.8 feet/3 m. Powered by two MTU 20V 4000 M93 engines each, the platform can reach top speeds in excess of 27 knots/31 mph/50 km/h, and a standard range of 3,500 nautical miles/4,028 miles/6,482 km at 15 knots/17 mph/28 km/h.
The LMV’s suite of weapons include a 12-cell Vertical Launching System (VLS) in the forward section that can launch MBDA’s VL Mica anti-air missiles, and one Oto Melara 76/62 Super Rapid main gun.
All eight LMVs are expected to be operational by 2020.