08 November 2014
KD Lekir corvette (photo : Rentaka)
Lumut – The successful completion of the Service Life Extension Programme (SLEP) for the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) Kasturi Class Corvettes was celebrated at the Acceptance and Delivery of KD Lekir. The SLEP and Refit project for KD LEKIR commenced on October 6, 2011 and the ship was delivered in accordance with the agreed schedule. The acceptance ceremony of KD LEKIR was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS).
The Kasturi Class Corvettes KD Kasturi and KD Lekir, were launched in Germany in May, 1983 and August 1984 respectively. Both have been in commission for over 26 years. In August 2009, the Malaysian Government awarded a RM703.8m contract to BNS for the modernisation of two corvettes under SLEP which will extend their service life for another 15 years. KD Kasturi was delivered by BNS to RMN in November 2013.
The SLEP contract involves the renewal, upgrading, overhaul, refurbishment, redesign, outfitting, tests and trials of equipment and systems for the RMN corvettes. A total of 29 equipment has undergone the MRO and upgrading process. Among the systems refurbished are the Integrated Control and Monitoring Systems (ICAMS) for propulsion, the Combat Management Systems (CMS), the Integrated Weapons System (IWS), and the Integrated Navigation System (INS). 15 OEMs and 70 local vendors (subcontractors) were involved in this programme.
First Admiral YBhg. Datuk Ir. Yahya b. Hashim, Director of Operations BNS said: “What makes us so proud about this programme is that it is uses a very high percentage of local expertise, and quality of service is on par with what is offered at foreign shipyards.”