Independence-class LMV RSS Dauntless (21) Launched

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Independence-class LMV RSS Dauntless (21) Launched

By IndraStra Global News Team

RSS Dauntless (21) Launched

On August 18, 2108, Singapore's ST Engineering Marine (ST Marine) launched the seventh Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV), RSS Dauntless (pennant number 21) at Benoi Shipyard, specifically designed and constructed for the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN). The Independence LMV has a length of 80m, a beam of 12m, the draught of 3m, and displacement of 1,250t. It accommodates a standard crew of 23.

The newly launched ship is part of a defense contract for eight 80 m LMVs signed between ST Engineering Marine and Singapore's Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) on January 30, 2013, to replace the RSN’s current fleet of Fearless-class Patrol Vessels, also designed and built by ST Engineering’s Marine in the 1990s.

The LMV program is jointly executed by Saab Kockums AB and ST Marine with Singapore's Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) as the overall manager and systems integrator and was derived from Saab Kockum's FLEXpatrol multi-mission patrol vessel.

The LMVs are intended to be used for coastal security, maritime patrol, and surveillance missions, as well as in secondary roles, including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and search-and-rescue (SAR).

Propulsion


The ship is powered by a combined diesel and diesel (CODAD) propulsion system integrating two MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesel engines, each rated at 4,300 kW (5,766 bhp) and can attain a top speed over 27 kt. The standard range of the ship is 3,500 n miles at 15 kt. The maximum endurance of the ship will be 14 days.

Weapon Systems


The LMVs are equipped with vertically-launched (VL) MBDA MICA anti-air multi-mission missile system, Oto Melara's 76mm Super Rapid gun (mounted in stealth cupola), Rafael's 25mm Mk38 Mod2 Typhoon Weapon Station Stabilised Gun, Oto Melara's 12.7mm Hitrole gun and two Long-Range Acoustic Device 500 Xtreme (LRAD500X). The MICA (VL) protects the ship from hostile aircraft and precision-guided munitions — deployed via a 12-cell vertical launching system (VLS) in the forward section.

The Sagem's new centralized gun fire control system (GFCS) at the vessel’s control center is integrated with main and secondary guns, radar, optoelectronics and navigation systems. The system’s open architecture allows further integration with the combat management system and also, it supports future upgrades.

Radars and Sensors


The ship radar systems include Thales NS100 three-dimensional S-band multi-function active electronically scanned array radar and Kelvin Hughes Sharpeye navigation radar.

The STELOP 360° panoramic day and night camera package installed on the vessel which comes with proprietary software integrated with STELOP Compass D electro-optics sensors to provide SMART configurable automatic alert visual feedback for client air, sea, and land.

Other ships of the Independence-class LMV


RSS Independence (15)
Keel laid in September 2014
Launched in July 2015
Handed over to RSN in May 2016
Commissioned in May2017

RSS Sovereignty (16)
Keel laid in May 2015
Launched in April 2016
Commissioned in November 2017

RSS Unity (17)
Launched in October 2016
Commissioned in November 2017

RSS Justice (18)
Keel laid in May 2016
Launched in March 2017
Delivered to RSN in October 2017

RSS Indomitable (19)
Keel laid in November 2016
Launched in September 2017

RSS Fortitude (20)
Launched in March 2018

RSS Dauntless (21)
Keel laid in October 2017
Launched in August 2018

RSS Fearless (22)
Keel laid in April 2018

All the vessels are scheduled to be operational by 2020.