The RMN 20 CB90 FACs, originally assembled by Dockstavarvet (now part of Saab), are to be replaced by a new « Fast Interceptor Craft » (FIC) for an unknown budget. The first FICs will be fielded between 2020 and 2025, while a second batch is to be delivered in the early 2030s.
The future FIC boat will perform the same range of missions than the actual fleet, and will add a small troop transport capability. It will then be slightly bigger compared to the 15 meters-long CB90 and will integrate a Remote Controlled Weapon Station.
As found at LIMA 2019, a handful of companies, most of them being based in Malaysia, are already working on designing a solution to address the RMN need. Among other is the local shipyard Marine Technology Company (MTC), which is proposing its FIC20 design.
« Replacing the CB90 fast boat is currently the only naval program funded by the Malaysian Defense Ministry », said a MTC representative.
The MTC FIC20 solution features a 20 meters-long marine grade aluminium hull design, offering a light platform for speed and optimal fuel consumption. Its two Hamilton HJ403 waterjet propulsion systems allow it to reach a maximum speed of 45 knots. The FIC20 has an endurance of up to 250 knots and accommodates a 6-strong crew and 10 troops.
MTC has partnered with the Belgian weapons manufacturer FN Herstal to integrate the company’s Sea deFNder turret. The Sea deFNder is the maritime variant of the deFNder Medium. It can integrate all FN Herstal machine guns up to .50 caliber, including the FN M3R.