Kasturi-class corvette

The Kasturi-class corvettes are two ships of the Royal Malaysian Navy, KD Kasturi (F25) and KD Lekir (F26). They were acquired in the mid-1980s. The two ships constitute the Malaysian Navy's 22nd Corvette Squadron, their homeport being Lumut. After about 25 years of service, they underwent an extensive modernisation known as Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) starting in 2009, enabling them to be employed for another 10 to 15 years. They have since been returned to active duty.

The two ships of the class are named after Hang Kasturi and Hang Lekir, two heroic figures from the Malay 15th-century epic narrative Hikayat Hang Tuah. They share this characteristic with the two Lekiu-class frigates KD Lekiu and KD Jebat, as well as the old frigate-turned-trainingship KD Hang Tuah, all of which are named after figures from the epic as well.


Kasturi-class corvette
Class Ship
Type Frigate
Manufacturer Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Production Period 1983 - 1984
Origin Malaysia
Country Name Origin Year
Malaysia 1984
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Malaysia 1984 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft 1983 1984 2 View

Name: Kasturi class
Builders: Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft
Operators:  Royal Malaysian Navy
Built: 1983-1984
In service: 1984-
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics
Type: FS 1500 corvette
Displacement: 1850 tons full load
Length: 97.3 m (319 ft)
Beam: 11.5 m (38 ft)
Draft: 3.5 m (11 ft)
Propulsion: 4 × MTU 20V 1163 TB92 diesels
23,460 bhp (17,490 kW)
2 shafts
Speed: 28 kn (52 km/h; 32 mph)
Range: 5,000 nmi (9,300 km; 5,800 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 124
Sensors and
processing systems:
TACTICOS Combat Management System
Thales Link Y Mk 2.5
DA-08 search radar
DSQS-24C sonar
WM-22 fire control radar
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
DR3000S ESM suite
Scimitar jammers
SKWS decoys
Armament: 1 × Bofors 57 mm gun
2 × MSI DS30B 30 mm AA gun
8 × Exocet MM40 Block II
2 × Eurotorp B515 324 mm triple torpedo tubes
Aviation facilities: Helideck

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