Singapore selects Saab and ST Engineering for Multi-Role Combat Vessel
Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Saab have inked an MoU on bilateral cooperation, one item of which involved the co-development and design of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) future Multi-Role Combat Vessel (MRCV).
The MRCV is a warship designed to replace six Victory-class missile corvettes.
Days later, MINDEF signed a contract with ST Engineering for the ‘detailed design and construction’ of the MRCV, the first vessel of which will be delivered in 2028.
This tripartite arrangement is not unusual, and it is the same way the RSN’s six Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessels were designed and built. In that case, DSTA acted as the system integrator, Saab provided naval technology expertise and ST Engineering was the manufacturing prime.
MINDEF said the MRCV would be a ‘mothership’ for future uncrewed aerial, surface and subsurface vehicles. Concept designs show the ship featuring an integrated mast, helicopter deck and hangar. It is also significantly larger than the 600t Victory class.
ST Engineering already offers the Vanguard 130 warship concept that closely resembles MINDEF’s design.
DSTA said in a statement that the agreement would also see the pair harness technologies such as AI and data analytics to realise the MRCV’s concept as a highly digitised ship.
‘Through work attachment and internships with Saab, DSTA engineers and scholars will get opportunities to deepen their technical competencies, and better facilitate the build-up of in-country capabilities in the industry to undertake repair of composite structures for ships and radar overhaul in the future,’ DSTA said.
Within the short term, the RSN is seeking to acquire a pair of ocean patrol vessels to complement those vessels already conducting constabulary littoral missions.
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