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Malaysia reboots plans for troubled LCS programme

1st June 2023 - 01:48 GMT | by Dzirhan Mahadzir in Kuala Lumpur


The first LCS for Malaysia’s navy will not be delivered till 2026, some seven years behind schedule. (Photo: Gordon Arthur)

Malaysia believes it has already gone too far with its troubled LCS programme to back away from it now.

The Malaysian government and Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) signed a sixth supplemental contract for the troubled Maharaja Lela Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme on 26 May, during LIMA 2023.

This new agreement allows work to recommence on the ships, though the programme is now reduced to five ships from the planned six.

Both the MoD and Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation (BHIC) issued releases with no contract details. However, the former stated the LCS programme would be overseen by a Project Monitoring Committee jointly chaired by Treasury and MoD secretary generals, along with scheduled reports and presentations to Cabinet.

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Dzirhan Mahadzir


Dzirhan Mahadzir

Dzirhan Mahadzir is a freelance defense journalist and analyst based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who …

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