The thread about RMAF future has been a great eye opener to me and, for me at least, it has been a great discussion platform to hear views from professionals and enthusiast.
Here, to take up the suggestion by awang_se (i think) to start a discussion about the Royal Malaysian Navy, I'm starting this thread. And as a forum rule, I have to state my opinion first...correct?
RMN Inventory of Combat and support vessel:
2x Lekiu Class FFG (F2000)
have seawolf VLS, have hull mounted sonar, torpedo, 8 ASM, 57mm Bofors, 30mm AAA, Helo deck
2x Kasturi Class Corvette (FS 1500)
note: some sources place these vessels as frigates, some as corvettes. looking at the size and displacements (1900tons) some even called them mini-frigates!
4 ASM, 100mm/50 DP, 57mm/70 DP (bofors i think), 2 dual 30mm AAA, hull sonar, helo deck
4x Laksamana Class Corvette (ex - Wadi M'ragh)
6 ASM, Aspide/Albatross SAM, 76mm Super Rapide, 1 dual 40mm, torpedo, hull sonar
4x Handalan Class FAC Missile (Spica - M)
4 ASM, 1 57mm/70 DP, 1 40mm/70 DP, Hull sonar
4x Perdana Class FAC Missile (Combattante II 4AL)
2 ASM 1 57mm/70 DP, 1 40mm/70 DP
6x Jerong Class FAC Gun (FPB 45 Type)
gun only 57mm and 1 40mm
2x Multi Purpose Command and Support Ship Seri Indera Sakti Class
2 57mm/70 DP, 2 20mm AAA
2x Musytari Class OPV
1 100mm/50 DP, 2 dual 30mm AAA
6x Kedah Class NGPV
1 76mm super rapide, 1 30mm AAA, helo deck
note: this vessel is based on the meko 100 vessel. I think it's wastefull to arm it as a OPV, better to arm as a corvette. just add ASM, sonar, torpedo and SAMs
As I can deduce here, ASW is sorely lacking. ASuW is acceptable even good perhaps, AAW is so and so, most vessel only have point or limited area defences.
Let's have some suggestions on how we can balance the capability of the RMN