SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Defence Ministry (MINDEF) has signed a contract with Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd for the design and construction of eight new naval vessels.
MINDEF said it will replace the existing Fearless—class Patrol Vessels (PVs) in the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).
The Patrol Vessels will reach the end of their operational lifespan in 2020 after being in service for more than 20 years.
MINDEF added that the new vessels will be equipped with enhanced combat systems and integrated communications suites that will help the Navy to undertake a wide range of maritime security operations.
This will enable it to more effectively, carry out its mission of safeguarding Singapore’s vital sea lines of communication.
The first vessel is expected to be delivered in 2016 and all eight vessels will be fully operational by 2020.
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