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Industri Pertahanan Malaysia (Perkembangan dan Update) - PART 2

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Post time 11-2-2014 07:01 PM | Show all posts
People smuggling fight: Malaysia to be given two retired Customs vessels

Immigration minister Scott Morrison says Malaysia is a 'key partner in regional and bilateral efforts against people smuggling'

Australia plans to give two retired Customs vessels to Malaysia as part of the federal government's strategy to counter people smuggling.

“Malaysia is a key partner in regional and bilateral efforts against people smuggling, particularly important due to its ongoing use as a transit country for people seeking to reach Australia by boat," immigration minister Scott Morrison said in a statement on Thursday.

“Australia will provide vessel training, which will involve Australian Customs and Border Protection Service officers assisting in the development of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s existing maritime capability."

"These vessels will offer enhanced search and rescue and interception capacity to the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency's border protection operations."

The vessels will be handed over by mid 2015. It is not clear what role the vessels will play, as asylum seeker vessels commonly depart from Indonesia, not Malaysia.

The federal government recently came under scrutiny recently for giving two patrol boats to Sri Lanka, and placing no conditions on their use.

The minister is longer holding weekly briefings, and last held a press conference 15 days ago.

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Post time 11-2-2014 07:03 PM | Show all posts
Malaysia latest neighbour to receive boats from Australia to combat people smuggling

The Immigration Minister may have quietly shelved his idea to "buy back" Indonesian fishing boats, but it appears Scott Morrison has no qualms about giving away boats to stop asylum seekers reaching Australia.
Mr Morrison announced on Thursday that the Abbott government would donate two retired Bay Class vessels to Malaysia by mid-2015 "to assist in countering maritime people smuggling in the region".

According to the Customs and Border Protection website the Bay Class vessels are patrol boats used to oppose "unauthorised maritime arrivals, maritime terrorism, piracy, robbery or violence at sea".

It is the second time the government has given boats to regional neighbours to combat people smuggling. In November, the Sri Lankan navy received two retired Bay Class patrol boats to capture asylum seeker boats before leaving Sri Lankan waters.

The news of the Malaysian boat giveaways comes just four months after Prime Minister Tony Abbott offered an "act of contrition" to Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for the "hard" politics he had played as opposition leader to undermine the Gillard government's failed "Malaysia Solution" for asylum seekers. The people-swap arrangement was scuttled by the High Court and the Abbott opposition refused to back legislation to introduce the scheme in the Parliament.

"Our criticism was never of Malaysia, it was of the former government," Mr Abbott said at the time.
"I guess you might say that, in my own way, I offered an apology because I appreciate this was a difficult situation for Malaysia and it was only in that difficult situation because, in its own way, it had tried to help out a friend."

Mr Abbott's decision to give military hardware to Sri Lanka attracted controversy given the United Nations has accused the country of war crimes.

Greens leader Christine Milne said of Mr Abbott's decision: "The Prime Minister's silence on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka was inexcusable complicity but this is nothing less than collaboration and it is abhorrent."

Of the newly-announced Malaysia decision, Mr Morrison said Australia would not only provide boats but also "vessel training" for Malaysia's Maritime Enforcement Agency.

"Today's announcement builds on a November agreement secured between the Malaysian and Australian governments to... disrupt and prevent the movement of people into and through Malaysia by air, by land and by sea," Mr Morrison said.

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Post time 11-2-2014 07:06 PM | Show all posts
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Post time 17-2-2014 04:39 PM | Show all posts
Cash-Strapped Malaysia Looks To Lease Fighters

Defense companies from Europe and the US are offering leasing options to Malaysia, which is looking to replace its MiG-29 fighter jets.

SINGAPORE — Malaysia’s proposed purchase of fighter jets has switched from a procurement competition to a leasing competition due to affordability issues, according to industry executives.

The Malaysian government put its multirole combat aircraft program in the freezer last year for fiscal and political reasons. Now Boeing, BAE Systems and Saab have, or are about to, submit leasing proposals in the hope of making a deal palatable.

It’s possible Dassault Aviation and Sukhoi, which were also on the original procurement shortlist, are in a similar position, according to executives on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow last week.

“The Malaysian government are mindful of the need for an affordable solution, so we understand that all the competitors are putting offers on the table for leasing. The program has become very much about affordability,” said Alan Garwood, BAE’s group business development director.

Until recently, the Royal Malaysian Air Force had been looking for a straight purchase of a new jet to replace 18 aging MiG-29 fighters, due to leave service next year.

But Malaysian budgets are under pressure to be cut, making it politically difficult to approve a multibillion-dollar deal for a fighter while the administration is cutting subsidies on items such as food and fuel while hiking taxes.

An industry executive asked whether Malaysia has the political will to make any kind of selection at this time, leasing or otherwise.

“The political debate is more about the cost of living, so you wonder whether it is the best time to be looking for investment in defense equipment. So timing is very difficult,” he said. “Higher up in government, do they care about the problem? The MiG-29s are due to go out of service, but they could hang on for a couple more years. That’s an Air Force problem, but they won’t be driving the replacement timelines on this.”

The new jets, if they arrive, will complement the Boeing F/A-18D and Sukhoi Su-30 fleets in service with the Royal Malaysian Air Force.

“Saab has put an offer on the table for the Gripen. Boeing is about to with the F/A-18 and BAE with the [Eurofighter] Typhoon won’t be far behind. I imagine the French and probably the Russians are doing the same. We hope it’s about leasing and a purchase later on,” an executive said.

“Everybody thinks that whatever Malaysia leases will eventually become the long-term solution because the Air Force will have already invested in infrastructure items like bases, spares and training,” Garwood said.

Leasing civil airliners like the Boeing 737 is big business, but in the fighter world, it’s a rare event. Sweden’s Saab is the only top-line combat jet supplier involved in leasing, with existing deals with the Czech Republic and Hungary for the Gripen for several years.

Teal Group analyst Richard Aboulafia reckons that Saab’s experience in fighter leasing could give it the edge in Malaysia.

“They have planes to spare, they know how to structure this kind of deal and have a good presence in the region,” he said.

Neighboring Thailand is operating the Gripen, having purchased 12 of the single-engine combat jets.

The current leasing arrangements involve Saab upgrading spare Swedish Air Force Gripen C and D models. It’s likely that a similar formula is being offered to Malaysia.

The Swedish company submitted its leasing option as long ago as 2012. Rival bidders were dismissive of the move at the time, but now, everybody is following Saab’s initiative.

Even Garwood admits to being surprised at the turn of events.

“I wouldn’t have thought we would be talking leasing, but it’s changed over the last year,” he said at the air show on Feb. 11.

Garwood’s not saying what the British offering will be, but analysts say it will most likely involve secondhand Royal Air Force Tranche 1 aircraft.

The BAE executive said that whatever Typhoon model is offered, it will be equipped with a new anti-ship capability — a key Malaysian requirement.

The UK’s diplomatic relations with Malaysia have improved since the Conservative-led coalition government of Prime Minster David Cameron came to power in 2010.

BAE opened a cyber center in Malaysia recently in a move that buoyed the relationship.

Boeing’s product offering isn’t clear. It has a choice of spare F/A-18D Hornets or, more likely, new Super Hornets similar to the aircraft operated by the US Navy.

Jim Armington, Boeing’s vice president for business development in the region, wouldn’t discuss the product strategy when asked the question at the show.

He did say, though, that Boeing prefers a straight purchase arrangement, but would respond to what the customer needs and can afford.

Not everybody agrees with Aboulafia over who has the edge in the competition. Some believe it is Boeing.

“I assume Boeing has an advantage from being in country already. They have a maintenance operation, a local partner and the Air Force is familiar with the F/A-18,” a second executive said.

“There is, though, the political dimension,” the second executive said. “Will the US be the right choice politically? President Obama is going to Malaysia next month. That could be a turning point in either direction.”

Speaking to reporters at the show, Boeing’s Armington declined to voice an opinion on the timing of a possible deal, beyond saying, “Hopefully within the course of the year, we will see some decision.”

Like other executives here, Armington concedes that the timing of any decision will likely not be paced by Royal Malaysian Air Force requirements.

“The fighters do need to be replaced from the point of view of the Air Force,” he said. “But it’s a national decision. It’s domestic politics and economics. Despite the concerns and urgency from the Air Force, there are other factors at play.”

Whoever comes out on top, Aboulafia says he believes that for some fighter markets with “pressing recapitalization needs and limited financial resources, leasing might catch on.”

Financial tightening in the region is causing some people to wonder whether other programs will feel the pinch in a similar fashion to the Malaysian fighter.

Garwood said the squeeze on financial resources in Southeast Asia means “growth is not at the levels people have been predicting. ... there is, though, a massive amount going on in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.”

Dan Darling, the Asian and Pacific Rim market analyst at Forecast International, a US consulting firm, said that with the exception of Indonesia and Singapore, defense spending in Southeast Asia “remains largely restrained.

“Because of the conflux of geopolitical pressures bearing down on the region, any slowdown in the local, regional or global economy is unlikely to result in an abrupt downturn in defense investment,” the analyst said.

Darling said, though, that spending is already slowing.

“According to our estimates from 2010 to 2011, defense spending in the Asia-Pacific region grew by $31 billion, [a] 16 percent year-on-year increase, while from 2012 to 2013, the level of growth totaled $14.4 billion,” or 6.2 percent, he said.

“Our tentative estimates for regional defense spending from 2013 into 2014 reflect another slower rise in overall growth, with military investment increasing by $16 billion overall, with a little over half of that attributable to China, or 6.5 percent,” Darling said.

The analyst said he anticipates relatively consistent — but steadily upward — year-on-year defense spending for the region, largely driven by China, but to a lesser extent also by Indonesia.

“As China increases its military might and reach, neighbors as diverse as Japan, India, the Philippines and Vietnam are mapping out fresh modernization plans to achieve satisfactory levels of deterrence,” he said. “Even countries such as Malaysia, which maintains healthy relations with Beijing, have recognized the need to upgrade their hardware in light of China’s growing strength and increasingly assertive territorial claims in the East and South China seas.”

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Post time 17-2-2014 04:40 PM | Show all posts
SGA14: Industry preps for Malaysian attack helo requirement

The rise in insurgent activity in Malaysia has highlighted the country's lack of helicopter offensive capabilities, to which Western industry is ready to respond to should an RfP be released.

Malaysian forces have no attack helicopter in their inventories, relying instead on fast-moving fighter jets. In light of terrorist attacks taking place all over the country which are not attributed to any particular environment, the government is understood to have revealed its wish to acquire such a platform.

During the Singapore Airshow, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter and Boeing all expressed interest in the expected tender and continue to watch closely for an RfP.

‘The requirement is still being shaped,’ Mike Burke, director of attack helicopter programmes business development at Boeing, told Shephard.

The commander of the Malaysian defence forces flew in the AH-6 Little Bird on 12 February in an effort to show the capability of the aircraft, Burke noted.

‘We’re trying to show the capability of the aircraft,’ he continued.

'The number of aircraft required and the timeline for acquiring them has not yet been decided, although they have concluded that they have a need for this. With the insurgency… they didn’t have an attack helicopter to respond with.’

Boeing would offer the Little Bird for the Malaysian requirement, and Burke said the aircraft is optimised for the reconnaissance and light attack mission, as well as having a stand-off capability up to some 2-3 miles. Its big brother, the AH-64 Apache, has seen regional successes with Japan, Singapore, and South Korea while Indonesia and India are also in the process of acquiring them.

Meanwhile, Bob Carrese, regional VP of international military business development, Asia Pacific for Bell Helicopter, said that Malaysia is interested in both the Bell UH-1Y and AH-1Z.

‘It fits with the region’s requirements because the aircraft are fully marinised with lower maintenance required,’ he explained.

‘Malaysia is interested in the helicopter but we are in the early stages of the process. In their mind they have narrowed it down, but it still needs to be announced.’

Airbus Helicopters has taken its EC665 Tiger attack helicopter to the past two Langkawi Airshows in an effort to appeal to the Malaysian market, and has also carried out flight demonstrations of the aircraft in-country.

Daniel Cottard, operational marketing team leader at the company, said that the operational range of the aircraft is some 8-10 km depending on air conditions, which makes it effective in a range of environments.

‘The Tiger has elected to carry out a more non-emitting role, unlike the Apache which has a radar. There is nothing wrong with a radar, but the Tiger is a passive mode aircraft,’ Cottard said.

‘If you don’t control the air you don’t control anything… Malaysia is as capable as anywhere else and there is no difficulty in applying this aircraft to their requirements.’

Regarding the jungle environment prevalent in Malaysia, Cottard said that targeting insurgents in and among the foliage is incredibly difficult, but ‘you can’t say in the jungle for long'.

‘You have to come out eventually and then you will be seen,’ he continued. This application emphasises the reconnaissance role of the aircraft.

‘The key is to combine air, land and sea. The Tiger would be fine in this [Malaysian] facility of operations.’

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Thales on board the Littoral Combat Ships of the Royal Malaysian Navy

Tue, 18/02/2014

Key points

- Thales to supply radars and sonars for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessels
- The contract includes the provision of 6 SMART-S Mk2 radars and 6 CAPTAS-2 sonar systems
- This contract further strengthens Thales’s position as a trusted partner to Navies worldwide

Thales announces that it has signed a Letter of Award with Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd. to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems, as well as six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

The six SMART-S Mk2 radars will be installed on the Malaysian Littoral Combat Ships that are currently being built by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Malaysia. The first SMART-S Mk2 is expected to be delivered within the next few years. Thales in Hengelo (The Netherlands) will build and test the first two radars; the other four systems will be assembled and tested by Contraves in Malaysia, using Thales components and know-how.

The Royal Malaysian Navy has also selected the CAPTAS-2 which is part of the CAPTAS[1]  family of active Variable Depth Sonar (VDS). CAPTAS-2 is designed to perform against quiet submarines, enabling surface platforms to carry out all Anti-Submarine Warfare missions such as escort, prosecution, area sanitisation and own force protection.

The CAPTAS-2 Variable Depth Sonar comprises state-of-the-art innovative technologies that provides a high source level in a compact array. Furthermore, Thales’s unique towed triplet receive arrayprovides instant left/right ambiguity resolution, and is ideally suited for torpedo defence.

Thales is the European leader in naval radars and number one internationally for sonars and underwater systems. This new success confirms the position of the Group as a trusted partner to Navies worldwide.

About SMART-S Mk2

This contract raises the number of SMART-S Mk2 radar systems sold to well over 50. With the first system under contract in 2003 and operational in 2006, this radar is the world’s market leader in naval medium to long range 3D surveillance radars.

SMART-S Mk2 is a medium to long range air and surface surveillance radar that operates in E/F band (S-band), has full 3D coverage, up to 70 degrees in elevation and two operational modes with 250/150 kilometre range respectively. The system is optimised to provide medium to long range situational awareness and target designation in complex environments such as the littoral. The SMART-S Mk2 range performance is matched with the operational capabilities of modern AAW defence missiles systems. Its dedicated helicopter and short-range capabilities also make this radar the ideal sensor for helicopter-carrying amphibious ships, LPDs or small aircraft carriers.

SMART-S Mk2 has been designed for minimal support and easy installation. Maintenance-free mission capability is ensured by the use of solid-state transmitter technology and parallel processes. This, and more, make SMART-S Mk2 the 3D naval radar system of choice for littoral operations.

About CAPTAS-2

Thanks to substantial investments into the development of the CAPTAS family, CAPTAS-2 has benefitted from the on-going evolution of Thales’s sea proven technologies, ranging from acoustic components to the most state-of-the-art software processing,.

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Denel, Malaysian Company Settle Offsets Deal for Turret Purchase

BULAWAYO, ZIMBABWE — South Africa’s Denel Aerostructures (DAe) and Malaysian company Strand Aerospace Malaysia have signed a deal that initiates an indirect offsets program South Africa is offering in return for the Malaysian Army’s 3.5 billion Malaysian ringgit (US $1.1 billion) order of Denel Land Systems turrets for its eight-wheel-drive armored infantry fighting vehicles.

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RMAF New Aircraft

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: I spotted two new aircraft with RMAF colours at the Subang Airbase today. The two aircraft are Beechcraft Super King Air 350s with the serial number M101-01 and M101-02. The two aircraft belonged to the RMAF Transport Tactical Flight Centre (PLTT Angkut) which relocated from Sg Besi AB to Subang on Jan 15.

I havent got much details on both aircraft ( which previously carried US serial numbers) which I am told are being used for multi-engine crew conversion, navaigation and liaison duties by PLTT’s Multi Engine Conversion Unit (MECU). Both aircraft are most probably leased from Aerotree Defence & Services Sdn Bhd as the company’s logo are painted on the fins.

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Post time 10-3-2014 10:29 AM | Show all posts
X-band Satellite Communication from Astrium SAS

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein today revealed that the Armed Forces will be leasing from the X-Band Satellite Communication from Astrium SAS of France – which is now part of the Airbus Defence and Space, a division under the Airbus Group.

He did not give further information on the subject but last week Armed Force chief Tan Sri Zulkifeli Zain the capability will be available in 2015.

By taking up the service, Malaysia joined the US, UK, Nato and seven other countries using the services provided by Astrium Services.

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Post time 10-3-2014 10:30 AM | Show all posts
Hope and You May Get…

By Marhalim Abbas

KUALA LUMPUR: Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein told the Armed Forces today that he will do whatever it take to get the necessary funds to re-capitalise the services.

He said 35 years ago his father – who was then the Defence Minister – had initially ordered only 5 Nuri helicopters as they had only enough funds for the five. However, Hishammuddin said after listening to the arguments of the leaders of the Armed Forces then, his father Tun Hussein made sure that enough funds were allocated to buy another 35 Nuris.

Hishammuddin, speaking at the launch of the pictorial book, Malaysian Armed Forces : The Nation’s Shield 80th Anniversary, at the ministry’s auditorium pledged that he will do his utmost to ensure that the service will get the funds for the assets and capabilities they had asked for in their plans. He did not specify the assets or capabilities.

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Post time 10-3-2014 10:33 AM | Show all posts
Here We Go Again…

By Marhalim Abbas

KUALA LUMPUR: It appears that the new ship hoodoo has struck RMN again as work to commission both training ships – PCU Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera – has floundered as the builder, NGV Tech Sdn Bhd, is alleged to be in a financial bind. Industry sources stated that the alleged financial trouble was so bad that the creditors had threatened to take possession of the two ships, which was only prevented when the government gave an emergency grant to the company.

Efforts to contact NGV Tech for comments was futile as calls made to its listed telephone number went unanswered.

Industry sources said Gagah Samudera was now berthed at the RMN Hydrography Centre in Port Klang while Teguh Samudera reportedly remained at NGV Tech yard in Sinjangkang, Banting. Both ships are not expected to be commissioned this year. Gagah Samudera was launched on Dec 14, 2012 by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor while Teguh Samudera launched by Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali on Feb 27, last year. Both were supposed to be commissioned within six months.

NGV Tech signed the RM294 million contract with RMN for the construction of the training vessels at LIMA 2011.

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P/S: Dulu PSC Naval Dockyard bawah Amin Shah bikin problem .... skang NGVTech pulakkk .... kenapa la kita tak penah belajar dari kes NGPV dulu.

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Post time 3-4-2014 11:14 AM | Show all posts
How Much is that BPC in the Yard?

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: The economic sanctions threatened by EU and the US against Russia following its annexation of Crimea may well led to the suspension of the French deal to supply two Mistral-class ships to the Russian Navy.

With one of the landing ships already in sea trials – the Vladivostok – it will be interesting to see what will happened to the deal in the next few days or weeks. Will they go ahead with the deal as already stated by French president Francois Hollande on March 6? Or perhaps the French is already looking for a buyer for the ship and its second of class.

I would suggest the Prime Minister to offer to buy the Mistral and Tonnere – in service for already up to six years – to satisfy the requirement of the RMN for its MRSS programme so the Vladivostok and its sister could be taken over by the French Navy instead.

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Post time 3-4-2014 11:19 AM | Show all posts
MPA: Which One?

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: The continuing SAR operation for missing Malaysian Airlines B777 Flight MH370 has reignited the debate on Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) or actually the lack of it in Malaysian service. The same could be said about our patrol boats but that is for another day.

While its true that the RMAF has helicopters (Nuri and soon the Cougars) on standby for National Search and Rescue obligation, it must be noted Civil SAR is actually the bread and butter business of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (APMM). However as the APMM remained hobbled by funding issues, the Armed Forces is the actually the tip of the spear for nation’s SAR duties even though it is actually a secondary duty not its primary.

As it is the Armed Forces will remain the main player of civil SAR for the unforeseeable future until the APMM got a bigger funding. In the world of empire building this is not a bad thing actually for the Armed Forces but bad for APMM of course.

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Post time 3-4-2014 11:24 AM | Show all posts
Muchas Gracias, Terimakasih, Colombia!

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: As we are about to embark on the LCS/SGPV project, lets take moment to show our appreciation to the Colombian Navy for their forward thinking in upgrading their 4 HDW FS 1500 frigates, the Almirante Padilla-class, which are similar to the two Kasturi-class ships operated by the RMN.

Why we should be grateful to the Colombians you may ask? Because they choose to upgrade their frigates with much of the sub-systems that had been chosen for our LCS/SGPV (I still call them Laksamana -class frigates). Unlike the Colombians which embarked on a modernisation programme for their SLEP, we chose the much cheaper option when extending the service lives of KD Kasturi and KD Lekir. All six ships – four from the Colombian Navy – are about the same vintage

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Post time 3-4-2014 11:27 AM | Show all posts
Cheaper, Less Sexy Option

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: Despite weariness of French-made arms, the Airbus Helicopter Tiger easily out-polled the Bell AH-1Z in the Malaysian Defence poll. With the AH programme placed on hold I believe it is time for us to look for other, less costly option for the requirement.

For starters, let me say that I am not purview to the AH programme requirement apart from what is publicly available. AFAIK the Army wanted the AH to boost its firepower in the face of possible irregular warfare as demonstrated by the incursion in Lahad Datu last year. The threat of further incursions remained a possibility as the southern Philippines remained a hotbed for all types of mischief despite the recent peace accord.

For me me to meet the firepower requirement – with our well known limited funding availability – the Army may opt to look for a cheaper option than attack helicopters. Yes, I have suggested up-arming the PC-7s for the role but it appear to be an off-shelf solution to meet the requirement. I understand that a fixed wing aircraft is less flexible than a helicopter but take for example, the AT-802U.

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Post time 3-4-2014 11:34 AM | Show all posts

Posted on April 2, 2014 by hafizuddinsulaiman

Note: The following is a repository of a post published in with title similar as the above in response to development that had occurred in 2011. The post is republished as means of archival and future references purpose.

As being highlighted last week by the RMAF Chief that AEW platform is essentially a critical platform for the Air Force aerial defence role. Over the past years, the Air Force has been studying several candidates including the EMB-145 Erieye, Saab 2000 Erieye, the Northrop Grumman Hawkeye 2000 and many more.

AEW&C does not come cheap. With the cost of 12-18 combat aircraft (just a rough estimation), only a handful of these AWACS could be procured due to the technology advance electronic suite and radar that the platform is being equipped with. Nevertheless, while China could offer a relatively cheap AWACS system such as the ZDK-03 currently in service with Pakistan Air Force, it is not sure whether the capability of the platform meets the actual required combat specification especially when most of today’s fifth generation combat aircraft (with the exception of Chinese made aircraft) are equipped with modern datalink system.

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Post time 15-4-2014 09:54 AM | Show all posts
Leasing On the Rise, Maybe

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: After being sidelined during the chest-thumping empire building era, government agencies are re-looking at leasing to ease their re-capitalisation woes.

PDRM, for example is seriously considering leasing helicopters for its air unit’s according to IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in an interview with Asian Defence Journal ahead of DSA 2014.

As PDRM scrounged for money for its other recapitalisation programme – from armoured cars to patrol boats as the Marine police have been given the authority to go back to sea – leasing the helicopters is probably the best way for the IGP to fulfill the mandate given to the force. If the leased helicopters comes together with its flight crews, PDRM may also solved its problem of losing skilled manpower to the private sector.

Of course, the plan may well be up-ended by those with a higher pay grade than the IGP but it may give him some cover if the new aircraft were grounded due to lack of funds to maintain them like what had happened to the King Airs. That said some people (not the IGP) are more concerned about the higher-ups getting embarrassed than ensuring that they get proper funding!

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Post time 15-4-2014 09:55 AM | Show all posts
DSA 2014 Starts Tomorrow

By Marhalim Abbas

SHAH ALAM: DSA 2014 – billed as Asia’s largest defence show – officially starts tomorrow at the PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. Some 1,000 exhibitors are taking part in the four-day show, the biggest number since it started back in 1988.

This time around, a section of the show had been reserved for the Asean Defence Industry Council though ironically only two companies from an Asean country, both Thais – Chaiseri Metal & Rubber Co and CH Paisar – are taking part. Chaiseri is taking part via its local agent, Kembara Suci Sdn Bhd.

PT Pindad which has been trying to sell its Anoa 6X6 for the last four years is conspicuously absent this time around.

It appears that US companies are making the bulk of the DSA participation this year with even a USMC Bell UH-1Y Venom helicopter being displayed at the show. Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein was quick to point out the participation of senior US officials (among them USMC commandant General James Amos) for the show, completely missing the fact that the UK is sending a more senior delegation including Philip Dunne, the Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology and CDF General Sir Nick Houghton.

Of course, major international companies like BAE Systems, MBDA and Airbus Helicopters are among the exhibitors taking part in DSA 2014.

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