Singapore Navy’s Fearless-class patrol vessel

The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has awarded a contract to Sagem (Safran) to develop and deliver a new gun fire-control system (GFCS) in support of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s (RSN) littoral mission vessel class programme.

Under the contract, Sagem will supply a new GFCS centralised system to be installed at the RSN ship’s operations centre, which integrates several functions, including main and secondary guns, radar, optronics and navigation systems.

The Singapore Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) placed orders with Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) earlier this year to develop and deliver eight new naval vessels for RSN.

As part of the littoral mission vessel class programme, the company’s ST Marine unit will build and deliver the new ships to replace the existing Fearless-class patrol vessels (PV).

As the lead system integrator, ST Marine will provide platform system integration, as well as core combat systems and combat system integration solutions in support of the new vessels.

Equipped with enhanced combat systems and an integrated communications suite, the new vessels will support a range of maritime security operations for the RSN, including safeguarding the nation’s vital sea lines of communications more effectively.

Designed to operate from several multifunction consoles concurrently, GFCS features open architecture to enable easy integration, while ensuring flexibility and scalability for future upgrades and enhancement.

Capable of interfacing with the combat management system, the new GFCS will be manufactured at Sagem’s Massy R&D centre near Paris.

The GFCS has also been delivered by Sagem to the Singapore Navy in support of six Formidable-class multi-mission vessels and four Endurance-class landing ships tanks (LSTs).

Image: Singapore Navy’s Fearless-class patrol vessel conducting mission at sea.

Defence Technology