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

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    SHAH ALAM: Its confirmed, Malaysia is buying China-made warships. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein speaking at the ministry confirmed today that the contract will be signed on Nov 5. “On November 5, 2016, the Defence Ministry will sign a contract for the procurement of Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) with …

    The post Malaysia to Sign Contract for China Made Warships appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 10/28/16--18:18: Training Ships Delayed Again
  • SHAH ALAM: Training Ships delayed again. The never ending saga of the two RMN training ships, PCU Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera, continues. I had reported before that Gagah is expected to be commissioned soon and the navy even fixed the date for it, Nov. 14. Two weeks before that …

    The post Training Ships Delayed Again appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/02/16--00:23: Joy To The World [34]
  • SHAH ALAM: Joy to the world! As the Bangladesh Navy had named its first China-made Large Patrol Craft as BNS Durjoy, I used part of the word as the title of this post as it sounds nice and an obvious hint what this post is all about. Yes, the four …

    The post Joy To The World appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/04/16--23:43: More on the LMS [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: More on the LMS. IT appears that Boustead Naval Shipyard will not be just the builder of the RMN’s Littoral Mission Ship (LMS), it will be the main contractor for the program. This is based on the announcement made by Bosutead Holdings Bhd, the public listed holding company …

    The post More on the LMS appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/07/16--16:57: Indonesia Sojourn [7]
  • SHAH ALAM: AS hinted in my LMS piece, I was in Indonesia last week for a business trip. Specifically I was attending the Indo Defence Show and Forum 2016 which ran from Nov. 2 to 5. I went to the show to look for stories for my other jobs as …

    The post Indonesia Sojourn appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/10/16--17:04: ESSCOM Needs More Assets [6]
  • SHAH ALAM: ESSCOM needs more assets. The RMN needs three more sea bases to secure the ESSCOM area-of-operations. The service currently operates three sea bases as “garrisons at sea” to extend its”operational reach”. The sea bases served to cut response time to any incidents or intruders and also serve as …

    The post ESSCOM Needs More Assets appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Alternate Runway Operations. I know this a website on Malaysian Defence but sometimes we need to look outside the box. In this case, down south, where the RSAF had conducted Exercise Torrent 2016, the alternate runway operations. The alternate runway exercise was conducted on Sunday where four F-15SGs, …

    The post Alternate Runway Operations appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: KD Mutiara, the first locally built hydrographic ship commissioned into the Royal Malaysian Navy, may well be the first vessel to be paid off under the service’s 15 to 5 plan. The ship is currently berthed at the Lumut naval base waiting her final orders. Her fate is …

    The post KD Mutiara on a Short Leash appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Engines, Its the Engines. Malaysia and Japan on Wednesday signed the agreement for the donation of two Japanese Coast Guard ships to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM). The agreement was signed during the PM working visit to Japan. The two ships donated are Oji and Erimo, both …

    The post Engines, Its The Engines appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: The Auditor General Report 2015 revealed that the technical centre  built at the Gong Kedak airbase to service the Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker fighters was delayed as an “inexperienced and financially unsound contractor was chosen.” Even though the contractor had been replaced, it is likely that the facility has …

    The post Flanker Service Centre Delayed appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Engineers from BAE Systems have developed a suspension system for military vehicles which could bounce back into shape after explosive impacts. The new suspension system is under testing and could be made available in the future. As Malaysia is fielding new wheeled armoured fighting vehicles – the Gempita …

    The post Memory Metal Suspension System appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: The first of six New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM) is expected to be launch next month. The keel for the first ship, built by Destini Bhd was laid on Nov. 20, last year at its facility at Port Klang. Although the …

    The post New Generation Patrol Craft To Be Launched Next Month appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 11/28/16--17:52: MMEA OPV, Part… [13]
  • SHAH ALAM: MMEA OPV. As mentioned in the previous posts, the MMEA is getting three new build OPVs. The basic design of these vessels was outlined in the interview with the MMEA DG last April. As for the builder it will likely be the JV of two subsidiary companies of …

    The post MMEA OPV, Part… appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/01/16--22:28: Gempita On The Roll [7]
  • KUANTAN: Deliveries of the Deftech Gempita ACV to the Army is continuing after production problems were resolved. Army chief Gen Raja Affandi Raja Mohammed said since the difficulties had been resolved, more vehicles would come on line in the coming months. He did not revealed the problems which caused the …

    The post Gempita On The Roll appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    PASIR PUTEH: The Sukhoi technical center at the Gong Kedak air base here was officially inaugurated by RMAF Chief Jen. Roslan Saad today. The ceremony was held barely three weeks after an audit report on the project stated that it was delayed as an inexperienced and financially unsound contractor was …

    The post Sukhoi Technical Centre Inaugurated appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/09/16--18:07: Launch of NGPC Delayed [4]
  • SHAH ALAM: The launch of the first New Generation Patrol Craft (NGPC) has been delayed. In the previous post, I reported that the ceremony will be held this month. Read Here. However, I have been informed that it will be delayed indefinitely. There is nothing wrong with the ship, its …

    The post Launch of NGPC Delayed appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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  • 12/12/16--17:22: Time to Move on From HK [3]
  • SHAH ALAM: Time to move on from Heckler & Koch. In my post in Oct. 21. 2014, I wrote about the MMEA tender for small arms. The tender documents specifically stated that they wanted the HK416 A5s, HK UMPs and CZ pistols. I am told the numbers are small but …

    The post Time to Move on From HK appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Nor officially assumed the post of the Chief of Defence Force today (Dec 16. 2016). He took over from retiring Jen Zulkifeli Mohd Zin, who had been in charge of the Armed Forces since June 15. 2011. Raja Affandi’s ascension to the …

    The post Leadership Changes in the Armed Forces appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    SHAH ALAM: The former leader of the Smokey Bandits aerobatics team, Datuk Seri Affendi Buang has been appointed as the Chief of the Royal Malaysian Air Force. Following his appointment as the top airman, Affendi, 54, was promoted as general. He received his fourth star at the farewell ceremony of …

    The post Former Smokey Bandits Leader Now RMAF Chief appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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    KUALA LUMPUR: A Beechcraft 200T King Air of the 16th Squadron crashed next to the ordnance terminal at the Butterworth airbase at 5.18pm today (Dec. 21), RMAF says in a statement. The aircraft – M41-03 – were carrying 4 crew members when it crashed. Pilot Mejar C. Kayamboo was killed …

    The post Beechcraft 200T King Air Crash appeared first on Malaysian Defence.


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