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

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    SHAH ALAM: Halaman Optima Sdn Bhd, the company which got the contract to supply the six MD530G light scout attack helicopter, has been bought over by Destini Bhd. Destini, if you may recall is the builder of the MMEA’s NGPC and OPVs, through its subsidiary companies. Destini took over the …

    The post Destini Buys Over Light Attack Helicopter Contract appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Malaysia joined the US and eight other countries in procuring spares for the Boeing Harpoon and SLAM-ER missiles. Boeing received a $12.3 million contract from the US Navy to produce the missile spares, the US announced on Feb. 13, 2017. The spares for Malaysia and the other countries …

    The post Spares for Harpoon Missiles appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: NGPC commissioning this March. MMEA’s newest boat, the first NGPC- hull number 4541 – is expected to be commissioned next month, days before it is scheduled to take part in LIMA 17. The commissioning is scheduled to be held in a fortnight at Port Klang though I have …

    The post NGPC Commissioning this March appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Keel Laying Ceremony for Second LCS. Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Johari Baharum officiated the keel laying for the second LCS at the Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) in Lumut today. A year ago – March 8, 2016 – a similar ceremony for the first LCS was conducted at …

    The post Keel Laying Ceremony for Second LCS appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 02/28/17--17:04: SPH Delayed [8]
  • SHAH ALAM: SPH Delayed. The plan to buy the M109 SPH for the Army has been deferred due to the current budget crunch. The timing for the purchase remained uncertain and will depend on the final approval of the government, Army chief Jen Zulkiple Kassim said in an interview ahead …

    The post SPH Delayed appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Eagles, Typhoons or Tornados? Or none of the above? Defence Minister DS Hishammuddin Hussein was quoted as saying that Malaysia is looking into the possibility buying “excess” Saudi aeroplanes and helicopters. He did not identify the actual type or numbers apart from saying that he will need to …

    The post Eagles, Typhoons or Tornados? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: PCU Gagah Samudera, the first of two RMN new training ships, was handed over to the navy on March 1. It is expected the DSME-designed ship will be commission soon. The commissioning could be done before LIMA 17 so the ship could take part in the show at …

    The post Gagah Samudera To Be Commission Soon appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Fourth Airbus A400M Delivered. The fourth and last A400M Atlas on order has been officially accepted by RMAF at the Airbus final assembly plant in Seville, Spain, on Wednesday. The aircraft was accepted on behalf of the government by deputy Defence Minister DS Johari Baharom. Also present was …

    The post Fourth Airbus A400M Delivered appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Upgraded Nuri in flight testing. In my post on the Nuri upgrade on October 14, 2016, I wrongly stated that the upgrade work on the Nuri will be done in Norway. In fact, the work was and being done locally, at the Airod hangar located inside the Subang …

    The post Upgraded Nuri in Test Flight appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Eurofighter Typhoon, one of two fighters downselected for the MRCA programme continue its trial to integrate the MBDA Brimstone AGM.  A live firing trial is expected later this year which likely see the clearance of the weapon for operational use next year. The trials are part of the …

    The post Brimstone Integration Flight Trials Continue For Typhoon appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/14/17--00:36: Fourth A400M Safely Home
  • SHAH ALAM: The fourth and final Airbus A400M Atlas air lifter touched down at Subang this morning, culminating a contract signed 16 years ago. Atlas M54-04 arrived following a two-day ferry flight from Seville, Spain, where the A400M Final Assembly Line is located. Although Airbus has said that the 04 …

    The post Fourth A400M Safely Home appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/14/17--20:11: KM Bagan Datuk [3]
  • SHAH ALAM: DS Rosmah Mansur officially launched the first NGPC today and named the ship, KM Bagan Datuk. The ceremony for the newest ship to join the MMEA service was conducted at the Destini Shipyard at Port Klang, just over a year after her keel laying on Nov. 18, 2015. …

    The post KM Bagan Datuk appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/16/17--05:07: Training Hazard [2]
  • SHAH ALAM: The Beechcraft B200T M41-03 crash late last year has been classified as a training hazard. Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Johari Baharum told the Dewan Rakyat today (March 16) that an investigation into the Dec. 21 crash had ruled out technical issues as the cause of the crash. …

    The post Training Hazard appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/17/17--20:22: LIMA 17 Preview [6]
  • LANGKAWI: LIMA 17 preview. I have been thinking about writing a preview of LIMA 17 for some time now. However considering that we will be muddling through the year I could not figure out what to write even with the coming of LIMA until I actually arrived at Langkawi today. …

    The post LIMA 17 Preview appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/21/17--02:50: Two Contenders for MRSS [13]
  • LANGKAWI: Two Contenders for MRSS. Despite the MOU between Boustead and PT PAL, there is yet no guarantee that they will get the contract to build the MRSS. Facing off against the offering is a contender from China though it is not clear which ship or the shipyard yet. Although, …

    The post Two Contenders for MRSS appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/21/17--15:27: Rafale…Oui? [22]
  • LANGKAWI: Its the Rafale? I wrote in Aviation Week today that the French government is making a last ditch effort to get Malaysia to sign for the Dassault Rafale at next week’s planned visit of its president to Kuala Lumpur. The story is here, unfortunately, it is behind a paywall. …

    The post Rafale…Oui? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/22/17--14:58: Hawk Upgrade [7]
  • LANGKAWI: Airod Sdn Bhd will be the prime contractor for the Hawk upgrade program. The letter of intent will be officially signed this morning, the last trade day of LIMA 17. Other contracts will also be signed at the same ceremony – worth some RM9 billion according to DPM DS …

    The post Hawk Upgrade appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/23/17--01:34: LMS and LCS Updates [5]
  • LANGKAWI: LMS, LCS Update. Work on the first LMS is expected to start in May. The work is to be undertaken by Boustead partner, China Shipbuilding and Offshore International Ltd, in one of it shipyards in China. Under the RM1.17 billion contract, two of the LMS will be built in …

    The post LMS and LCS Updates appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    LANGKAWI: Nuri M23-37 was officially handed over to the RMAF today marking the start of in service flight trials for the helicopter with the new digital cockpit. NADI Group, the parent company of Airod Sdn Bhd, signed the proof of concept contract at DSA 2016 to breathe a new life …

    The post Contracts and Nuri Handing Over appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 03/24/17--19:10: All Over The Place [22]
  • LANGKAWI: The budget crunch is forcing the RMAF to relook its plans and there is a possibility it may have to extend the life of its Mig-29 Fulcrum fleet. RMAF chief Jen Affendi Buang told reporters yesterday that every possibility were being looked at as the Fulcrum replacement program was …

    The post All Over The Place appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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