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Singapore Navy launches the last of its stealth frigates

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg

RSN Launches the Last of its Stealth Frigates
 
The Republic of Singapore Navy's (RSN) sixth stealth frigate, RSS Supreme, was launched today by Dr Ivy Ng, wife of Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Defence, Dr Ng Eng Hen, at the Singapore Technologies Marine shipyard. Minister Ng officiated at the launching ceremony.
The RSN's stealth frigates are equipped with advanced sensor and weapons systems, and have enhanced anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare capabilities.
The frigate is a key component of the third generation RSN, and will enhance the RSN's capability to undertake a wide spectrum of missions in the defence of Singapore and its vital sea lines of communications.
The launch of RSS Supreme, the fifth and last frigate to be built locally, marks another significant milestone in the frigate programme.
In the next phase, RSS Supreme will undergo harbour and sea trials. As some of the integration testing and modifications of the sensor and weapons systems will be shore-based, there will be a significant reduction in the time taken and the cost of construction of the frigate.
Factsheet:
PLATFORM DESIGN AND SYSTEMS CONFIGURATION  
S/N DESCRIPTION PARAMETERS
1. Dimension
Length
Beam
114metres
16 metres
2. Displacement 3,200 tonnes
3. Speed In excess of 25 knots
4. Range/Endurance > 3,500 nautical miles
5. Platform Systems
Electrical System
Electrical System
4 x MTU 20V 8000 M90,
8200 kW
(CODAD Configuration)
4 x IFM V1708 with AvK
alternator, 800kW
6. Helicopter/Ship-Heli Interface Sikorsky S-70B Naval
Helicopter
7. Complement 71 crew
+ Air detachment of 15 personnel
FRIGATE'S COMBAT SYSTEMS CONFIGURATION  
COMBAT SYSTEMS
Multi-Function Radar Thales Herakles Multi-function Radar (MFR)
Navigation Radar Terma Electronic Navigation Radar
Surface-to-Surface Missile Harpoon Surface Missile System
Surface-to-Air Missile MDBA Aster Missile System
Naval Gun OTO Melara 76mm Gun
Sonar EDO Active Low Frequency Towed Sonar (ALOFTS)
Torpedo Whitehead A244S System
Communications ST Electronics (Info-Comm Systems) PTE LTD
Integrated Communications System
Gun Fire Control System EADS Gunfire Control System
Command and Control DSTA in-house developed Combat Management System (CMS)
Standard Operating Common Consoles ST Electronics (Info-Software Systems) PTE LTD

 

SUMMARY OF PAST LAUNCHES  
Name of Frigate Launch Dates Christened By
RSS FORMIDABLE 7 Jan 2004 Mrs Teo Poh Yim
RSS INTREPID 3 Jul 2004 Mrs Lee Hsien Loong
RSS STEADFAST 28 Jan 2005 Mrs Tony Tan Keng Yam
RSS TENACIOUS 15 Jul 2005 Mrs Lalitha Jayakumar
RSS STALWART 9 Dec 2005 Mrs Wong Kan Seng
RSS SUPREME 9 May 2006 Dr Ivy Ng

 

Source: www.mindef.gov.sg Media Release 9 May 2006

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