The first of the four Keris class littoral mission ships ordered for the Malaysian Navy was delivered. The platform, built at China's Wuchang Shipyard, was given to the Malaysian government officials in Eastern China at a ceremony. The initial contract for the boats worth nearly $285 million was signed in March 2017. The four ships with a displacement of 780 tonnes are scheduled to be delivered by 2021.
The initial plan stipulated that the first two units would be delivered from China, while the remaining two would be built in Malaysia by Boustead Naval Shipyard. The Malaysian government later negotiated a reduction in the price of the ships in exchange for all four ships to be built in China.
Malaysia will use long Keris-class warships for patrol, anti-terrorism, rescue, and protection of fishery activities.