▶ The HDL-13000 design is being proposed for the Royal Malaysian Navy's Multi-Role Support Ship (MRSS) acquisition project.
HHI participates in the ‘DSA 2022’ held at the MITEC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for 4 days from March 28 to 31 and showcases its 4 models of naval vessels, including the new HDL-13000 to target the global naval defense market.
HDL-13000, unveiled by HHI at DSA 2022, is a multi-role support ship which has 160 meters of length overall, 25 meters of beam, and a displacement of 13,000 tons. This vessel will serve as a main platform for the force’s logistics support and also Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) operation.
The most prominent aspect of the design configuration is the enclosed Vehicle Deck that runs the length of the vessel from the bow to the stern which can carry more than 16 Main Battle Tanks and 6 Multirole Armored Vehicles. The aft portion of the Vehicle Deck also serves as a Well Deck. A sideport ramp and a stern gate provide access to the Vehicle Deck, and the ship has sufficient ballast tank capacity to sink/trim the vessel to flood the well deck to accommodate landing craft that can be used to transfer personnel, vehicles, and/or cargo to and from the shore.
“We will continuously develop state-of-the-art naval vessels that can pave the way for the future defense market in the world beyond Malaysia by actively utilizing the needs of the international navies and our shipbuilding technology.”
HHI’s Executive Vice President, Mr. Moonyoung Park
Meanwhile, HHI has recently signed MOU with IMI for Saudi Arabia naval market, at the World Defense Show (WDS) 2022.
The RMN « 15 to 5 » transformation program involves the acquisition of three MRSS ships. Original plan (which we learned during LIMA 2019) called for the first two ships to be delivered between 2021-2025 and the third one by 2035. This schedule has been postponed, likely because of the pandemic. According to information gathered since LIMA 2019, there are many shipbuilders waiting for a potential RFP: Besides HHI which unveiled its design at DSA 2022 this week, other competitors include the Netherlands’ Damen, France’s Naval Group, China’s CSOC shipyard, Indonesia’s PT PAL, Japan’s Mitsui, and Turkey’s TAIS.
The vessel is expected to be an LPD design capable of amphibious operations, HADR and refueling of other vessels while underway. The hangar and helicopter deck should be able to accommodate up to three Caracal helicopters of the Royal Malaysian Air Force.