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

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    KUALA LUMPUR: If you had visited the Deftech booth at DSA 2018 – which ended yesterday – you would have noticed that they have two MRAP-style vehicles, the Lipan Bara – already in service with the Malaysian army- and the Turkish Nurol Ejder Yalcin 4X4. Both the Lipan Bara and …

    The post Infantry 4X4 High Mobility Protected Vehicles appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 04/20/18--15:55: MPA and Upgrades [10]
  • KUALA LUMPUR: No contracts for the upgrades of the Nuri, Hawks and Hercules were signed at the recently concluded DSA 2018 although it was promised ahead of the show. However Indonesian Aerospace the manufacturer of RMAF CN-235s was awarded a three year MRO contract by the government. What’s interesting is …

    The post MPA and Upgrades appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 04/20/18--20:30: When It Rains [6]
  • KUALA LUMPUR: When It Rains. Deftech is partnering with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to offer the Anka MALE UAV for the Armed Forces. If the deal is approved six Anka UAV and a single ground station will be purchased, initially. More details is available here (registration required) Basically this will …

    The post When It Rains appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 04/23/18--19:09: Broken Record [5]
  • KUALA LUMPUR: Broken Record. The first of class LCS – PCU Maharaja Lela – is likely to be delivered to the RMN in 2019 without its major sub-system’s, its principal weapons. This was confirmed by Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Bhd (BHIC) LCS programme Director Azhar Jumaat in an interview at …

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    LUMUT: South Korean designed training ships – Teguh Samudera and Gagah Samudera – were finally commissioned into the RMN today. With the commissioning both ships are officially known as KD Gagah Samudera (271) and KD Teguh Samudera (272). They are now part of the Skuadron 27 training unit. Both ships …

    The post Teguh and Gagah Samudera Commissioned appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/01/18--19:32: No New Torps [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: No new torps. It appears that the RMN had taken a lesson from the NSM/MICA combo saga, deciding that the fastest and cheapest way to arm the LCS was to choose what was already in its inventory. In this case, the lightweight A244/S torpedoes. Asked whether the RMN …

    The post No New Torps appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/06/18--18:17: Bushwhacked [2]
  • KUALA LUMPUR: Bushwhacked. Apart from the Kongsberg NSM, Malaysia has also acquired another weapon from Norway, the NAMMO M72 LAW. This was confirmed by the MTO contract for the M72s last year. Both companies were among those which took part in the recent DSA 2018. I did not speak to …

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  • 05/09/18--18:44: Episode IV [8]
  • SHAH ALAM: Episode IV. After an extraordinary 36 hours, it appears that we will have a new minister at Jalan Padang Tembak, someone completely from the left field. The field of candidates are so wide currently that I will not even bother to pin point anyone. Lets hope the appointments …

    The post Episode IV appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    KUALA LUMPUR: New Ministers tomorrow. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will announced the list of ten ministers tomorrow including those for Defence and Home Affairs ministries. The ten will be the initial Cabinet of the new Pakatan Harapan government led by Dr Mahathir. It is likely the announcement will …

    The post New Ministers including Defence Tomorrow appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/12/18--00:45: Mat Sabu and Muhya [7]
  • SHAH ALAM: Kota Raja MP and Amanah President Mohamad Sabu or Mat Sabu, 64, has been named as the Defence Minister by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today. Dr Mahathir also named Pagoh MP and Warisan President TS Muhyiddin Yassin, 70, as Home Affairs Minister. Bagan MP and DAP …

    The post Mat Sabu and Muhya appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/16/18--21:15: Deja Vu [11]
  • SHAH ALAM: Deja Vu. For the last several years we knew that the Army was planning to set up the fifth division in Sabah as part of the reorganisation which led to the formation of the west and eastern field commands. As a prelude to the setting up of the …

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  • 05/20/18--15:16: Going Over the Top [22]
  • SHAH ALAM: Going over the top. As we wait for the Defence Minister designate to be sworn in and make his first sortie to Jalan Padang Tembak, it is time for us discuss what ails the defence and national security sector. Two Kedah class, KD Kelantan (175) and KD Selangor …

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    SHAH ALAM: Kota Raja MP Mohamad Sabu better known as Mat Sabu came to the Defence Ministry at Jalan Padang Tembak, Kuala Lumpur for his first official day as the Defence Minister. He was given a traditional welcome for a new minister, an honour guard from the 1st Battalion, Royal …

    The post Minister Mat Sabu at Jalan Padang Tembak appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/24/18--19:52: Plan B, Part 1 [10]
  • SHAH ALAM: Plan B, Part 1. As you are aware the new administration seemed to be swamped with many things that they said were done by the previous administration. I dont have time to go through all of them here but it is likely to have an impact on the …

    The post Plan B, Part 1 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/28/18--07:14: Change of Commands
  • SHAH ALAM: Change of commands. Two ceremonies were held to mark the handing over of two important posts – albiet lower down the totem pole – in the Armed Forces today. These ceremonies involved the Army and the RMN. For the Army, the ceremony was held in Kuching where Lt. …

    The post Change of Commands appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/29/18--00:49: Guardians in Lebanon
  • SHAH ALAM: Guardians in Lebanon. The Malaysian contingent in Lebanon – Malbat 850-5 – has finally taken delivery of the nine IAG Guardian 4X4 APC ordered last year. The APCs were delivered to the Malbat 850-5 camp, near the port city of Tyre early on May 29 according to a …

    The post Guardians in Lebanon appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 05/31/18--19:18: Holding Pattern [10]
  • SHAH ALAM: Holding Pattern. It appears that every planned procurement programme under RMAF – and likely the other services as well – has been put off for the time being as the new Pakatan Harapan government seeks to stabilize and improved country’s financial position. RMAF chief Gen Affendi Buang in …

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  • 06/03/18--20:42: Back To The Future [2]
  • SHAH ALAM: Back to the future. It appears that the the marine police will likely roll back its operations and return to its authorised role entrusted to it in June, 2011 to patrol up to the shoreline, rivers, islands and lakes. Although the police has not officially announced that the …

    The post Back To The Future appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 06/06/18--21:44: Plan B, Whither The LMS? [3]
  • SHAH ALAM: Plan B, Whither the LMS? As it appears that the LMS contract will be honoured, PM Tun Mahathir Mohammad yesterday announced that a committee has been set to look into the government processes. The Investigative Committee of Administrative Affairs, Procurement and Finance will be headed by former auditor-general …

    The post Plan B, Whither The LMS? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Rafales and MKIs. It appears that apart from Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, French Air Force (FAF) Rafales are also expected to visit Malaysia this year. Like the IAF, the FAF contingent is coming to Malaysia after taking part in the Exercise Pitch Black. Pitch Black is …

    The post Rafales and MKIs Coming To Malaysia appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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