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  • 10/13/15--18:45: VAT 69 Open Day 2015
  • SHAH ALAM: IN conjunction with its 46th anniversary, PDRM’s famed commando unit, VAT 69, will be holding an Open Day at the PGA Camp in Ulu Kinta, Perak, this 23rd and 24th October. The Open Day starts on 23rd with several events scheduled at the camp’s main marching field at …

    The post VAT 69 Open Day 2015 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: ITS now confirmed, the Armed Forces are getting the Deftech AV4 and the Blackhawks for use by units operating in ESSCOM AOR. Unfortunately, the procurement of the ex-US Navy Mark V Special Operations Craft (SOC) also for ESSCOM has been shelved. Armed Forces chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Zin …

    The post Deftech AV4, Blackhawks In; Mark V SOC Out appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/16/15--13:00: 2016 Budget: A Preview [10]
  • SHAH ALAM: ARMED Forces chief General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin is not known to shy away from a fight. But even the veteran soldier seemed uncomfortable when the conversation turned to the 2016 Budget at a function on Thursday. He did not really say anything on the budget – he would …

    The post 2016 Budget: A Preview appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/21/15--03:26: Home Ministry and Assets [1]
  • KUALA LUMPUR: SOME RM500 million worth of assets for Home Ministry agencies is expected to be sign at the on-going GPEC Asia 2015, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today. Among the assets to be signed are six AW139 medium size helicopters for the PDRM Air Wing. …

    The post Home Ministry and Assets appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Colt Advanced Piston Carbine (APC) is set to become the standard assault rifle of the police Special Forces units, the UTK and the VAT69 replacing the Bushmaster M4 carbines Although some of the units had already purchased other rifles to replace Bushmasters, the contract signed between the Home …

    The post Colt APC to replace Bushmaster M4s appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: IN my preview of the 2016 budget, I predicted that the Armed Forces will get a very big hit. However, it proved to be a softer blow instead as the allocation for next year was only reduced by some RM400 million. For 2016, the government has allocated RM17.3 …

    The post 2016 Budget, Defence and National Security appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/25/15--20:04: When November Comes.. [13]
  • SHAH ALAM: MALAYSIA is expected to sign for at least eight MD-530G light attack scout helicopter in late November. The helicopters to be operated jointly by the RMAF and the Army are expected to be deployed in ESSCOM once delivered. Industry sources told Malaysian Defence, officials were working feverishly to …

    The post When November Comes.. appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    A Guest post by Ahmad Zaki. It was the first visit by the author to the Singapore Airshow 1990 on a Sunday. The author’s story began when he bought his Singapore Airshow 1990 SGD$30 or SGD$35 ticket(at the exchange rate of SGD$1 to RM1.77) from the Sistic outlet at Raffles’s …

    The post The Beechcraft King Air 200T: My Story appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    BANGKOK: AS expected the AV4 will be painted in the Armed Forces digital camouflage when the 20 vehicles contracted are delivered into service. The digital camoed AV4 is making its public debut at the Chaiseri stand at the Thai Defense and Security show which starts tomorrow here in the capital …

    The post AV4 in Digital Camo. Edited appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SEVILLE, SPAIN: UNDER a a contract called Full In Service Support (FISS), Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) is not only providing maintenance for RMAF’s A400M Atlas fleet but also logistics,training and information services management. Flight service and operations are also provided under the same programme. In Malaysia, Airbus is …

    The post RMAF’s Atlas In Service Support appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: AS it was obvious from the earlier report, I was in Bangkok last week for the Defense and Security 2015 show. As I was working for a regional publication for the show, I held back reporting for Malaysian Defence apart from the AV4 in Camo piece. Anyhow since …

    The post SMASH, AV4, DSME corvettes and others appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: SWEDISH company, Saab has upped the ante in its quest to sell its Gripen to Malaysia. It is now offering a couple of its MPA aircraft, the 340 MSA, for free if Malaysia selected the Gripen NG for the MRCA programme. Saab had offered the Gripen NG together …

    The post MRCA: Saab Upped the Ante appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: IN late October, I was invited to Seville, Spain for the Airbus Defence & Space Trade Media Briefing 2015. The briefing took place at the Airbus DS facility next to the Seville airport, the site for the final assembly of the A400M Atlas and the C295 medium transport. …

    The post Malaysian Defence visits A400M Factory appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: IN my recent reports on the MPA requirement, I stated that the CN235 is probably the favourite to win the programme if the funding goes ahead for RMK11. But it appears that the CN235 may not be able to take part at all as the Airbus Defence and …

    The post C295 and the MPA requirement appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badaruddin has succeeded Admiral Aziz Jaafar as the new chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy today. Kamarulzaman was the XO of KD Jebat after the ship was launched in Scotland in 1995 until its commissioning in 1999. Jebat was also Kamarulzaman’s last sea command before …

    The post First KD Jebat XO is Now the RMN Chief appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/20/15--23:26: Eks Paradise 2/2015 [8]
  • LABUAN: ROYAL Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) conducted its biggest exercise this year with Eks Paradise 2/2015 at the Labuan airbase here from Nov 9 to Nov 22. Eks Paradise (Paradrop Deepstrike Insertion Extraction) is the amalgamation of various exercises conducted by separately by units by RMAF in the past. This …

    The post Eks Paradise 2/2015 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/22/15--23:22: RMN looking at UAVs [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: THE RMN is looking at acquiring UAVs to boost maritime domain awareness as budget woes limits it hull numbers, its newly appointed Chief Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badaruddin said today. He however, did not specify numbers or the type of UAVs to be acquired nor the timeline for the …

    The post RMN looking at UAVs appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: THE publication of the UK’s Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) on Nov 23, has confirmed the availability of Eurofighter Typhoon for Malaysia – on day One – if and when the government choose the fighter aircraft for the MRCA programme. Industry sources told Malaysian Defence the plan …

    The post MRCA: SDSR, Typhoons and Hawks appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: UNITED States has offered Malaysia up to 30 M109A5 Self Propelled Howitzer (SPH) under the Excess Defence Articles (EDA) programme. The M109s would be upgraded to the latest A5 standard before entering service with the Army, if the offer is taken up. The upgrading could be done in …

    The post US offers M109 SPH to Malaysia appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Thales Fulmar mini-UAV has been selected for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC). Six of the NGPC is being built by Destini Shipbuilding and Engineering Sdn Bhd (DMS), a subsidiary of public-listed Destini Bhd. The UAV is the among the major sub-systems of …

    The post Thales Fulmar mini-UAV for NGPC appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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