OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) has been awarded a contract by Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) to deliver integrated navigation and tactical systems (INTS) for the Royal Malaysian Navy's Gowind-class corvettes.
BNS was selected by the Royal Malaysian Navy previously to build six Gowind-class corvettes under the littoral combat ship (LCS) programme.
Under the most recent contract, OSI will supply six INTS, in addition to electronic chart precise integrated system (ECPINS) warship (W) and Warship-AIS (W-ASI), which has been designed specifically for naval operations.
The INTS is a fully scalable tactical navigation solution and has been designed to meet the requirements of the most demanding military environments from vessels to large offshore ships.
NATO STANAG 4564-type approved software designed for the military user, ECPINS-W Sub will allow warships to operate in the most difficult conditions, while W-AIS provides enhanced situational awareness for the crew.
DCNS-built ocean-capable Gowind-class corvettes can be used to conduct emerging missions such as anti-piracy, sea control and denial, combat, counter-terrorism, drug interdiction and anti-smuggling operations, oil and gas platform protection, search-and-rescue, fisheries protection, environmental protection and humanitarian support.
Capable of providing sea-keeping capability, the corvettes are armed with 12.7mm remotely controlled machine guns, 20mm machine gun, 76mm naval gun on the forward gun deck, anti-ship missiles, ship self-defence system and electronic warfare suite.
The vessel provides 360° panoramic surveillance and Special Forces operations capabilities such as a quick-launch and recovery stern-launch system for two rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) or unmanned surface vehicles (USVs).
Fitted with automatic decking to enable safe operation of a helicopter and USV, the ship is equipped with multi-function radar and can accommodate maximum of crew 75 and has endurance of two to three weeks on patrol missions between at-sea replenishment.
Image: Illustration of DCNS's Gowind-class combat corvette. Photo: file image.