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On The Way .... Anything and Everything on Malaysian Defence

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  • 12/22/16--17:17: Mini-gun Coolness [2]
  • SHAH ALAM: AS you might be aware the Army is getting more Dillon M134D mini-guns for its units. The mini guns are now arming the Army Air Wing AW109s, Lipan Bara MRAP and also possibly the upgraded Condors. This is what Dillon – the manufacturer says about the gun. The …

    The post Mini-gun Coolness appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/27/16--20:07: Muddling Through 2017 [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: Muddling Through 2017. So what’s in store for the Malaysian defence and national security in the new year? Not much really and like the whole of the country, its likely to muddle through the year, much like what had happened in the past. With oil prices seemingly under …

    The post Muddling Through 2017 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/30/16--02:15: The End is Near
  • SHAH ALAM: The End is Near, for the Sungai Besi airport. Back in 2010, I wrote in the Malay Mail newspaper that the government was planning to redevelop the Sungai Besi/Simpang Airport, or as the RMAF calls it the Kuala Lumpur airbase. The power that be were very defensive when …

    The post The End is Near appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/02/17--19:29: Engines, its the Engines [5]
  • SHAH ALAM: Engines, its the engines. At LIMA 15, we were treated to a hint of the possible OPV requirement for the MMEA. Radimax Group Sdn Bhd displayed a model of the River class OPV at its booth. The company at that point was exploring ties with BAE Systems to …

    The post Engines, its the Engines appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Patches Galore. At the Army farewell parade on Dec 9, Jen. Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor launched the patches for use on the service’s digital camouflage uniforms. The low -viz patches are produced for the 13 Army formations. As I was not able to make it to …

    The post Patches Galore for the Army appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/09/17--16:00: Gripen E for Malaysia [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: Gripen E for Malaysia. Back in October, the Defence Minister seemed to confirm that the MRCA selection was down to either the Typhoon or Rafale. However, due to the economic uncertainties, the decision for the MRCA was likely to be made by 2020. At the same function, he …

    The post Gripen E for Malaysia appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Rheinmetall and Steyr. Back in 2006 when the Army announced it was adopting the Colt M4 Carbine, many including myself criticised the decision saying it was a move in the wrong direction. Most of the criticisms were about adopting an M16/AR-15 pattern when every body else were ditching …

    The post Rheinmetall and Steyr Partner for Rifle Contract appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/13/17--15:59: Storm of Resolve [2]
  • SHAH ALAM: Storm of Resolve. As you might be aware, RMAF has deployed at least two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to Saudi Arabia since March, 2015 as part of the operations to evacuate Malaysians from strife-torn Yemen. Although most Malaysians in Yemen have left the country since the evacuations, the …

    The post Storm of Resolve appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/18/17--18:09: RMAF 2020 [38]
  • SHAH ALAM: RMAF 2020. In his comments for the Gripen E for Malaysia post, regular reader … stated his preference for RMAF order of battle for 2022. This what he had to say. My personal RMAF vision2022 plan 3000 mil budget 600 mil 4x Bombardier Global 6000 Erieye AEWC, 2x …

    The post RMAF 2020 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/19/17--16:20: New Ship for MMEA [6]
  • SHAH ALAM: New ship for MMEA. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) officially took over JCG Erimo PL O2 from Japan Coast Guard, yesterday (Jan. 19, 2016). The handing over and renaming ceremony of the ship – now known as KM Pekan – took place at Innoshima Port in Hiroshima. With …

    The post New Ship for MMEA appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    KUALA LUMPUR: THHE Destini Sdn Bhd has secured the contract for three offshore patrol vessels (OPV) for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency. The contract is worth RM738.9 million contract, the company said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Jan. 19. From Bernama KUALA LUMPUR: THHE Destini Sdn Bhd has …

    The post THHE Destini Secures MMEA OPV Contract appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/23/17--20:04: More on the LMS, Part 2 [9]
  • SHAH ALAM: More on the LMS, Part 2. It appears that the negotiations for the LMS is going well and its expected that the contract (or Letter of Award, the official term) could be signed at the next LIMA in Langkawi this March. The LOI for the project was awarded …

    The post More on the LMS, Part 2 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/26/17--17:34: MRSS On The Horizon? [7]
  • SHAH ALAM: MRSS on the horizon? At the Indodefence Show last November, Boustead Naval Shipyard signed a MOU with Indonesian-state owned firm, PT PAL, to colloborate on a possible multi-role support ship contract. Following the MOU, I reported that the MRSS project – four of which being sought under the …

    The post MRSS On The Horizon? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: RMAF first Airbus A400M Atlas airlifter is now in Seville, Spain, being retrofitted with new capabilities. The new capabilities will allow the aircraft to perform tactical operations with the addition of self-protection systems and equipment for parachute drops, short-runway operation and the ability to refuel other aircraft and …

    The post First A400M in Seville for Upgrading appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM:The first MMEA New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) is currently undergoing sea trials as part of the work-up for her commissioning into service. The trials are being conducted in the waters around Port Klang though it is likely that the ship – bearing the hull number 4541 – will …

    The post Sea Trials for First NGPC appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 02/02/17--16:28: Firepower Redux [11]
  • SHAH ALAM: In several posts on the Army, there were a plenty of robust discussions on how to boost the firepower of our infantry units. It came mostly from postings on how the Army was looking to boost its firepower as a result of lessons learnt from the Lahad Datu …

    The post Firepower Redux appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Days after MRSS on The Horizon posting, I received three comments asking me to check out a report by Jakarta Post that PT Pal will be signing the contract for the ship, this August. I am unable to post the report here, unfortunately, as it is protected by …

    The post MRSS On The Horizon, Part 2 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Thales Fulmar X is set to make its debut at LIMA 2017, to be held in Langkawi from March 21 to 25. Six of the mini-UAV are contracted for service with the MMEA new generation patrol craft. Thales, in December delivered one Fulmar X mini-UAV to Destini Bhd, …

    The post Thales Fulmar X at LIMA 2017 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Dutch Upgrading their PC-7s. As you are aware, the RMAF is scheduled to retire its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Mk 1 turbo-trainers and its Alouette light helicopters, this year. However, the service have yet to confirm the actual retirement dates though from the look of it, these aircraft …

    The post Dutch Upgrading their PC-7s appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: New Ballistic Helmets for the Army. At the DSA 2016, among others, the Defence Ministry announced an RM45.9 million contract to Usahawan PSE Sdn Bhd, for the supply of FAST ballistic helmets. As I was overwhelmed with  other things, I was unable to get more details on the …

    The post New Ballistic Helmets for the Army appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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