Langkawi : RMN received sixteen New Generation Fast Attack Craft (NGFAC) with combatant capabilities here today from the Bustad Naval Shipyard in the launching ceremony of Ligan class Fast Attack Amphibious Assault Craft at RMN Mawilla 3.
KD Ligan is the RMN new assymetrical and non-conventional naval combatant specially design for hit and run tactics against enemy larger naval combatant under the PUKULCURI programme which had adopted Iranian kamikaze speedboat hit and run tactic but only in a much larger and faster scale.
RMN in news conference held after the ceremony stated that the craft powered by 3 Kusnetsov K-117E combined diesel and gas turbine engine is capable of moving at 75 knots and armed with 16 anti ship cruise missile. Limited flood deck were also available for amphibious landing where it can accomodate 4 MBT`s or 8 APC`s for amphibious assault operations.
"We proposed the ship design few years back as littoral combat ship but we saw it potential as assault craft and an amphibious assault craft in one package when Bustad personnel said it can be done." said RMN spokesmen.
When asked about the type of Anti Ship Missile used onboard the craft..he said all launchers are EXOCETS MM40 inclined forward Russian style...
Secondary weapon system includes Aspide Octuple Launcher for air defence and CIWS for close defence.
The indtroduction of Ligan class FAAAC had greatly increase RMN amphibious assault and support capabilities while at the same time expands its growing offshore patrol fleets to a total of 75 main surface naval combattant.