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  • 08/28/16--21:01: Sunshine After The Storm [5]
  • SHAH ALAM: Looking at some of the comments posted here and at the Malaysian Defence Facebook page, I sometimes feel uneasy about posting things like the Blackhawk deal. But I guess we cannot have sunshine without the storm. And the sunshine in our case this time around is the M109s. …

    The post Sunshine After The Storm appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 08/31/16--20:45: Better Late Than Never [2]
  • SHAH ALAM: Its better late than never, so the saying goes. When I first heard about the decision to order the MD-530G Light Scout Armed Helicopters in October last year, I expected that it will be delivered by 2017, at the earliest. How could it be delivered in 2016 when …

    The post Better Late Than Never appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 09/02/16--19:04: Polish Export MBT [8]
  • SHAH ALAM: As there is some interest on the new MBT from Bumar Labedy, posted below are two pictures of the vehicle from the manufacturer’s website. Bumar Labedy as most of you are aware is the manufacturer of our Pendekar or PT-91 MBT. I am posting the pictures here as …

    The post Polish Export MBT appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 09/05/16--18:48: The More, The Merrier [10]
  • SHAH ALAM: IT appears that we will soon have two Hercules MROs operating in the country, if the Finance Ministry has its way.  The first one, Airod Sdn Bhd – partly owned by the government while the other – if it happens – will be a subsidiary of a GLC. …

    The post The More, The Merrier appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: I have written in the past that there have been proposals for Malaysia to buy warships from China. The proposals include corvettes and multi-role support ships. And apparently the government is still keen about it though it has not yet wrapped up the deal. Industry sources told Malaysian …

    The post China Made Warships, Coming Soon? appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: You Win Some, You Lose Some. In the previous post, we discussed about the possibility of the RMN getting more hulls, specifically China-made warships. Several readers suggested that there wasn’t not enough funds for RMN to get its cake and eat it too. While its true that maintaining …

    The post You Win Some, You Lose Some… appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 09/20/16--16:00: Operational Requirements [2]
  • SHAH ALAM: Only for Operational Requirements. That was the first thing that came to my mind when I read the question (below) from one of our regular readers, Michael, several days ago. Off topic, during recent merdeka n also ATM anniversary rehearsal..I did not see EC-725. something wrong to the …

    The post Operational Requirements appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, will put up a display at the KLIA on Oct 16 as part of its 2016 Middle East and Asia Pacific tour. The display will be the first for the Red Arrows in Malaysia since LIMA 2007. As LIMA is now held …

    The post Red Arrows at KLIA on Oct. 16 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 09/25/16--18:37: Walk Like An Egyptian [3]
  • SHAH ALAM: Walk Like An Egyptian was a song made famous by an American band the Bangles. However, in building the Gowind corvette, the French firm DCNS and maybe the Egyptians, are beating our boys in Lumut. Boustead Naval Shipyard started building RMN’s LCS, four months earlier than the first …

    The post Walk Like An Egyptian appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: The Red Arrows display in Malaysia will be held over the Epsom College, Bandar Enstek, near KLIA on Oct 17. The display will be held from 12.30pm to 230pm. The exact time for the display will likely be around 1.30pm. Only invited guests will be allowed into the …

    The post Red Arrows at Epsom College, KLIA, Oct 17 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/02/16--18:01: Typhoons in Butterworth [1]
  • SHAH ALAM: Eight RAF Typhoons have landed in Butterworth airbase yesterday ahead of the Exercise Bersama Lima 2016, which starts tomorrow. Bersama Lima 16 is the annual Five Powers Defence Arrangement (FPDA) Exercise, which involves the UK, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. The Exercise provides an opportunity for the …

    The post Typhoons in Butterworth appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/04/16--16:30: Manila Show Sojourn [5]
  • SHAH ALAM: I was in Manila last week to cover the second installment of Asian Defense and Security show. It was not a big show compared to other regional defense trade shows but its significant nonetheless as the Philippines has been quiet active in the procurement front in the last …

    The post Manila Show Sojourn appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: KD Hang Tuah, the grand dame of the Royal Malaysian Navy will be paid-off when the two DSME-designed training ships are commissioned. The first training ship, Gagah Samudera is expected to be commissioned by November while the second ship, Teguh Samudera is expected to receive its pennant, next …

    The post Hang Tuah, Laksamana-class, LMS and Helos too appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/10/16--18:58: Nav Radars for LCS [24]
  • SHAH ALAM: The nav radars for the first LCS has been delivered to the Boustead Naval Dockyard in Lumut, recently. The radars are the Kelvin Hughes Sharpeye in the E/F-band (X &; S-Band), industry sources told Malaysian Defence. The nav radars will be be installed on the DCNS-designed panoramic sensors …

    The post Nav Radars for LCS appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/13/16--18:16: Nuri Upgrade Update [6]
  • SHAH ALAM: IT appears that the Nuri upgrade program has started based on the press release posted at the bottom of this post. The first helicopter to undergo the modification is expected to be displayed at LIMA 17, so it is likely work on the example has started or starting …

    The post Nuri Upgrade Update appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: The Red Arrows, the RAF aerobatic display team returned to the Malaysian skies on Oct. 17. The venue was the Epsom College at Bandar Enstek, a couple of kilometres down the road from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Due to the low cloud, the crowd at the college, …

    The post Red Arrows Display, Oct 17 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    Guest Post by ,,, SHAH ALAM: Another Perspective on the LMS. A lot has been said about TLDM’s 15 to 5 Armada Transformation Programme that includes a new ship concept called the Littoral Mission Ship (LMS). Some points that is known about the LMS requirement by TLDM: – 18 ships …

    The post Another Perspective on the LMS appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Its down to either Typhoon or Rafale. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein seemed to confirm that the race for the next RMAF fighter is between either the Eurofighter Typhoon or the Dassault Rafale. I am reporting that he seemed to confirm as he did not quite exactly …

    The post Down to Typhoon or Rafale appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Last year, I predicted that the Armed Forces budget will take a big hit. I was wrong of course. However, for 2017, the Defence Ministry budget DID take a hit as it got only RM15.05 billion from the total RM262.8 billion allocated for the year. That’s only 5.76 …

    The post 2017 Budget: Defence and National Security appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/24/16--18:55: Exercise Bersama Lima 16
  • SHAH ALAM: This year’s Exercise Bersama Lima 16 ended on Friday (Oct. 21) with the closing ceremony conducted in Singapore, the host of this year’s event. The fact that Singapore hosted the exercise was the reason given that there was no chance to cover the activities conducted by the RMN …

    The post Exercise Bersama Lima 16 appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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