The Ministry of Defense is satisfied with the latest status of LCS construction


LUMUT: The Ministry of Defense is satisfied with the latest status of the littoral combat ship (LCS) construction process, including one of the six ships that are believed to be ready next year.

The Minister of Defence, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said, as a result of his visit to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) base here, he found that the entire construction of the ships was on schedule in stages according to their suitability.

According to him, he is very happy to see the progress of the LCS construction that is currently being implemented.

“I am fully confident that the first ship can be completed in 2024, maybe in the middle of next year and after that we will do a sea trial.

“The second ship is the same, the third and fourth ships take two to three years.

“My hope is that this project will be able to be implemented after all the problems can be solved, we are negotiating because this project has been abandoned for more than three years, from 2019 it has been stopped.

“I am confident that this first ship will be ready in 2024. I am confident because if we follow the schedule, but if we don’t follow the schedule it will not be possible,” he said in a press conference after a working visit to the TLDM Base here yesterday.

According to Mohamad, due to the problems that arose as a result of the project being delayed, the ministry is in the process of resolving issues related to the vendor companies involved.

He said, once completed, he will give a briefing to the ministries related to the LCS project, namely the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Defense before presenting it to the cabinet.

“I have the responsibility to brief the prime minister, the finance minister and the cabinet on how this project needs to be continued and there is no more time constraints that are wasted.”

“I’m sure there is no problem, we just need to resolve it within six months with the vendor, the main supplier. God willing, this can be resolved and this project can continue,” he said.

According to him, the LCS construction project is part of efforts to strengthen defense for the sake of national sovereignty.

He said that the effort also involved the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economy and the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) to realize the completion of the military assets.

“We will not compromise on national security and sovereignty. In the Asean region, we used to be known for having a well-respected navy and we want to go back to the way it used to be.

“We want to make sure that the sovereignty of the country is protected, we don’t want people messing with us, we don’t want people to try us,” he said. – MESSENGER





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