Malaysia has displayed the interceptor craft it has developed with domestic sources.
Built by Selangor-based Gading Marine, the boat will be equipped with a remote command weapons station with a 12.7mm machine gun and two 7.62mm machine guns. The boats will be used primarily to combat illegal immigration.
The fleet of domestic-produced boats is expected to replace the Swedish-made CB-90 boats in the navy inventory after a while. Slightly larger than the CB-90s, the power pack of the new interceptor craft, which is 18 meters long and 4.6 meters wide, consists of two MAN 1550 diesel engines.
Gading Marine, which won a tender by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence in mid-2020, will first build six platforms.