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

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    SHAH ALAM: RMAF’s latest aircraft, Airbus Helicopters H120/EC120, made its public debut today. The helicopter, the first of five light helicopters, will be used for basic rotary wing training at the Kolej Tentera Udara in Alor Setar. The first training course using the new helicopter is expected to start next …

    The post RMAF’s newest helicopter unveiled appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/06/15--20:07: Little Bird Contract Signed
  • SHAH ALAM: IN my post “When November Comes” I wrote that the contract for the MD Helicopters MD-530G aka Little Bird will be signed during the ASEM summit with US president Barack Obama in attendance. Actually, the contract signing for the light scout attack helicopter did took place during that …

    The post Little Bird Contract Signed appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: DASSAULT Aviation has teamed up with the Weststar Group to offer the Rafale for the MRCA programme, industry sources have revealed to Malaysian Defence. It was probably this industrial collaboration – led by Weststar – that led to various stories coming out from France that claimed the deal …

    The post MRCA: Rafale and the Master appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/14/15--08:34: A German OPV for MMEA? [6]
  • SHAH ALAM: TWO German-designs are said to be in the running for the project to replace the two 30-year-old Langkawi-class OPVs operated by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). Funding for the new OPVs was announced in the 2016 budget. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when tabling the …

    The post A German OPV for MMEA? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: THE second RMAF A400M airflifter – M54-02 – is currently undergoing flight tests in Seville, Spain prior to the handing over and the flight home. The aircraft is undergoing a battery of tests under the watchful eyes of a RMAF acceptance team. As reported previously the aircraft was …

    The post Second RMAF A400M undergoing test flights appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: THE new Spexer 2000 radars for ESSCOM is expected to be operational, next year. An Airbus Defence and Space released confirmed the five radars will be delivered in 2016. Malaysian Defence reported about the radars in a previous post. Apart from the new and old radars, UAVs, and …

    The post New Radars for ESSCOM by Next Year appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: SELAMAT jalan, Fulcrum? With less than 10 days to go before the new year, there is still no word from RMAF whether or not it will retire its Mig-29N Fulcrum fleet. We know however that there is no upgrade planned for the fleet which will extend their service …

    The post Selamat Jalan, Fulcrum? A Photo Tribute appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/24/15--11:47: Nav Radars and More
  • SHAH ALAM: DML Technologies Sdn Bhd has been awarded the contracts for the supply, testing and commissioning of solid state navigation radars for the the 23rd Frigate Squadron and the MPCSS ships, according to the e-tender website of the Defence Ministry. The other items sought for the 23rd Squadron in …

    The post Nav Radars and More appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: What’s in store for the Malaysian Armed Forces next year? Based on the 2016 budget I believe it will be a mixed year. Mixed as only the air force and the Army are getting some new kit while the navy is finally getting one of the two long …

    The post What’s in Store for MAF in 2016? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/03/16--17:56: New Stuff for Old Boats [8]
  • SHAH ALAM: IT appears that RMN’s nine FACs – which entered service in the 1970s – are getting new equipment which may allow them to continue service well past 2020. The nine boats are likely those of the Perdana and Jerong classes. Malaysian Defence had reported previously that nine FACs …

    The post New Stuff for Old Boats appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: TRAWLING the e-tender website of the Defence Ministry is a tedious affair but sometimes it has its rewards. For example, in August, there was a tender for a multi-modal transport operator (MTO) to transport “60mm mortar bomb, high explosive (HE), anti personnel and anti-material (MAPAM) for the Malaysian …

    The post Mortars and Submarine Rescue appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/07/16--16:47: Digital Camo AW109 [7]
  • SHAH ALAM:REMEMBER the AW109 which seemed to be painted in the desert camouflage? Well the helicopter (most likely it was the same one) was seen conducting test flights around Subang this week. And it appears that desert camo turned out to be standard Army digital camouflage. The picture below is …

    The post Digital Camo AW109 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: AS we wait for the revisions to the 2016 budget, we can pass the time to reflect on the results of the tenders for the RMN’s 23rd Frigate Squadron. The ships of squadron are of course, KD Lekiu and KD Jebat. Previously I had reported on the award …

    The post EOTS and Others for Lekiu and Jebat appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: DEFENCE Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein confirmed today that the contract for the Light Scout Attack Helicopter was signed recently. “We have put in a new order for (the) Light Scout Attack Helicopter, the contract has been signed,” he told reporters at the Subang airbase. He did not …

    The post MD530G Contract Confirmed appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/17/16--19:04: Loitering Munition Drone [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: MUCH of the focus of the Armed Forces are now towards the increasing the size, lethality and firepower of the Army. Though I – as an armchair observer – regard up-sizing the Army as a step in the wrong direction (and expensive), I cannot but help offer a …

    The post Loitering Munition Drone appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/18/16--01:57: The Bad Luck Continues…
  • SHAH ALAM: I AM aware that many people do not believe in luck but the saga of the RMN’s training ships certainly call for a dose of good luck – in buckets literally. After being left floating but incomplete for almost three years, the two ships were finally towed to …

    The post The Bad Luck Continues… appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 01/21/16--23:43: KD TAR undergoing refit [13]
  • SHAH ALAM: KD Tunku Abdul Rahman, RMN’s first submarine is undergoing its first major refit. Based on the pictures taken by the RMN during the visit of its chief, Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Badaruddin, it is an extensive one though nothing official has been announced on the things to be replaced …

    The post KD TAR undergoing refit appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: India and France signed an agreement on Monday in India, for the long delayed purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets. However, the final deal hinged on the financial details. French president Francois Hollande confirmed that “some financial issues” need to be resolved first before the deal first announced …

    The post MRCA: India, France sign Rafale agreement appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Genting Etika Sdn Bhd has been selected to supply, install, test and commissioned the new Electronic Support Measure (ESM) system for the RMN’s 23rd Frigate Squadron. The ships of the squadron are of course, KD Lekiu (30) and KD Jebat (29). According to industry sources, the new ESM …

    The post Thales Vigile ESM for Lekiu class appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak presented a revised 2016 Budget today and it appears that the security sector – defence and national security – allocation for the year remained intact. In-fact, even though Najib said the revised budget will result in RM9 billion savings, other ministries allocation …

    The post Revised 2016 Budget and Typhoons appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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