Independence-class littoral mission vessel

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Basic information

Country of build:
In service:
2017 – present (6 years)

Ship measurements

1,200 t
80 m
12 m


Propulsion system:
  • 4 * MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesel engines, each rated at 4,300 kW (5,770 shp)
  • Total output: 17,200 kW (23,100 shp)
27 knots
3,000 nautical miles (5,560 km)



Combat assets

  • Thales NS 100 S-band multi-function active electronically scanned array radar
  • Kelvin Hughes SharpEye
  • Sagem Gun Fire-control System (GFS)
  • STELOP 360° all-round surveillance
  • OTO Melara 76mm Super Rapid gun (mounted in stealth cupola)
  • 2 * Hitrole 12.7 mm (0.50 in) RCWS
  • 1 * 25mm Mk38 Mod2 Typhoon Weapon Station Stabilised Gun
  • 12 * MICA VL
  • Non-lethal: 2 * Long-Range Acoustic Device 500 Xtreme (LRAD500X)
  • Helicopter deck for one medium-lift helicopter

The Independence-class Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) is a class of eight surface platforms that are slated to replace the Fearless-class patrol vessel of the Republic of Singapore Navy.

On 30 January 2013, MINDEF awarded ST Engineering a contract for the design and build of eight new vessels to replace the Fearless-class patrol vessels. ST Engineering announced that the group’s marine arm, ST Marine would be the lead system integrator and build the eight vessels at its Singapore Benoi Yard while the group’s electronics arm, ST Electronics, would supply the core combat systems and combat system integration solutions. The first vessel was planned for delivery in 2016 and all eight vessels will be fully operational by 2020. The keel for the first vessel was laid at ST Marine's Benoi Yard on 11 September 2014.

The Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) was jointly designed 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 design of the LMV was guided by two specific requirements. Due to declining birth rates, manpower had been a critical concern for the Singapore Armed Forces and the design reflects attempts to increase the efficiency of a reduced manning crew from 30 to 23. This was achieved through increased levels of automation and remote monitoring. Another key feature is the Integrated Command Centre which combines the ship's bridge, combat information centre (CIC), and machinery control spaces. The other requirement reflected in the design of the LMV is the need to handle multiple roles, from low intensity conflicts to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. The requirement is met through the ability to dynamically reconfigure the LMV through containerized mission packages. The LMV is also equipped with a unique, twin stern slipways from PALFinger Marine for the launch and recovery of RHIBs.


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