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LCS project set to resume next month, says navy chief

Abdul Rahman Ayob says the first ship is expected to be handed over at the end of 2026.

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A worker looks at the KD Maharaja Lela, one of the littoral combat ships supposed to be delivered to the navy but which has fallen behind schedule, at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak.
A worker looks at the KD Maharaja Lela, one of the littoral combat ships supposed to be delivered to the navy but which has fallen behind schedule, at the Boustead Naval Shipyard in Lumut, Perak.

The littoral combat ships (LCS) construction project is expected to resume next month, says Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief Abdul Rahman Ayob.

He said construction would resume after the sixth supplemental agreement signed at the 2023 Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2023 in May.

"Five LCS vessels will be handed over to the RMN in stages, with the first ship expected to be handed over at the end of 2026," he told a press conference after an event near Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

On the littoral mission ship project, Rahman said they were still identifying suitable builders based on the specifications stipulated by RMN.

"The allocation has already been given out and we hope the contract can be signed this year, at the latest, and construction can begin next year as we expect it will take 36 months," he said.

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