The Keris-class vessels are enlarged and improved version of Durjoy-class large patrol craft of the Bangladesh Navy but armed with only guns as per requirement of the Royal Malaysian Navy.

The Keris-class of the Royal Malaysian Navy consists of four vessels. The newest, KD Badik, entered service on October 22, 2021, and the last one, KD Rencong, which is undergoing sea trials, will be commissioned soon. This is a class of large patrol vesels built by Malaysian and Chinese companies under a joint development agreement. Of these, two were built by China and the other two were built in Malaysia by a local company based on technology transfer from China.

The Keris-class has a displacement of about 700 tons, a length of 69 m, a beam of 9 m, and a draft of 2.8 m. Key class missions include anti-surface warfare, mine warfare, hydrography and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance duties.

Keris-class
Keris-class

The ships are enlarged and improved version of Durjoy-class large patrol craft of the Bangladesh Navy but armed with only guns as per requirement of the Royal Malaysian Navy. Armament includes one Chinese-made H/PJ-17 30mm single barrel gun mounted on a remote weapon station.

There are two 7.62mm Vektor SS-77 machine guns, and two 12.7mm Browning M2HB machine guns. In addition, the ship is also equipped with SR-47AG search radar and HEOS-100 or HEOS-300 fire control system depending on different production batches. All four LMS units will join the RMN Eastern Fleet where they will reinforce the readiness and sovereignty of eastern Malaysia’s maritime waters.

The propulsion of Keris-class includes two MTU 4000 engines powered by two fixed pitch propellers. The ship is also equipped with three diesel generators and a single emergency diesel generator. The vessel can reach a top speed of 24 knots, a range of 2,000 nmi at 15 knots, and a endurance of 15 days. The crew is 45 sailors.

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