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The RSN’s Fearless-class Patrol Vessels will be replaced by the Littoral Mission Vessels (LMV), which will be larger, and have longer endurance and better seakeeping characteristics. The LMV must be configurable to meet a wide spectrum of operational missions, and yet be manned by a smaller crew.

The preliminary design of the LMV was completed by DSTA in 2013. The design features a mission deck capable of mounting modular payloads, landing helicopters and launching unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). 

To enable lean manning, the team validated the integrated Bridge Combat Information Centre-Machinery Control Room concept which provides enhanced situational awareness and better command and control. A 360-degree electro-optical surveillance system that enables continuous all-round coverage further reduces workload for the crew. Additionally, the twin-stern ramp was designed to launch and recover rigid hull boats with a crew smaller than that traditionally required. 

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Next-generation computer interface technologies were exploited to provide touchscreen computers for the crew. The team also initiated a stacked mast which improves line-of- sight coverage of the sensors while giving greater accessibility to the systems on the mast. To assure deck availability even during higher sea states, the team integrated a set of fin-stabilisers to the hull design. 

When delivered, the LMV will enable the RSN to operate further and undertake a wider spectrum of littoral operations.

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