EOTS and Others for Lekiu and Jebat

Chase Dynamics Sea Eagle.

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 of new navigation radars for both ships. For that report go here.

Anyhow, the Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) tender was awarded to Qiblatin Synergy Sdn Bhd. However, as the usual practice, the type of EOTS was not named. According to the industry sources however, the EOTS selected was from Chess Dynamics, a UK company based in Sussex.

Chase Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO.
Chess Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO.

The Chess Dynamics EOTS is the Sea Eagle FCEO, which according to its manufacturer ” is an electro optical fire control system optimised for the control of naval guns against air, surface and shore targets. Capable of controlling any ‘in-service’ naval gun, the system provides 24 hour, detection, acquisition, tracking, identification and engagement of air and surface targets through its thermal and TV sensors with target range provided by a high repetition laser rangefinder.”

Checks showed that the same system is fitted on board the Irish navy Samuel Beckett class OPV as shown from the picture below.

Chase Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO mounted on one of the Samuel Beckett class OPV,
Chess Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO mounted on one of the Samuel Beckett class OPV,
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Checks on the tender website also revealed that Qiblatin Synergy also won the tenders for the procurement and supply of 57mm and 40mm HE rounds for the navy. No numbers were revealed however but it must be significant as both remained the mainstay of RMN ships.
The 40mm gun at the stern of KD Perdana. The ship was undergoing routine maintenance at the Geliga Slipway Shipyard in Terengganu in 2015. Geliga picture
The 40mm gun at the stern of KD Perdana. The ship was undergoing routine maintenance at the Geliga Slipway Shipyard in Terengganu in 2015. Geliga picture

Meanwhile, the Ship Data Distribution System (SSDS) and the Degaussing System tenders were awarded to ME & O Fleet Support Sdn Bhd and Karisma International Sdn Bhd, respectively. I have no idea what systems were selected as even my usual reliable industrial sources do not have contacts with either.
KD Lekiu launching a Sea Wolf SAM in an exercise in 2014. TLDM picture.
KD Lekiu launching a Sea Wolf SAM in an exercise in 2014. TLDM picture.

With the announcement of these two awards, the only tender left unannounced for the Lekiu-class mid-life updates (its not a SLEP someone told me!) is the ESM. I guess we have to wait for another few weeks to get the results.
And another thing, I was told that a survey of the ship’s weapons were conducted recently. I have no idea the results however, though it is likely that proposals for new ordnance will come out of it. Funding is not likely in the near future, however.

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8 Comments

  1. are those, defence mechanism for the ship?

    Reply
    the EOTS? It can be used for both defence and offensive roles. Its better than the using the FCR which will alert the target though most aircraft and ships also have laser detectors.

  2. Marhalim;
    This EOTS system is to replace or complement the existing system i.e. FCR?

    Reply
    It’s probably to replace two equipment the Radamec Optronic director and the thermal imager. The FCR will undergo refurbishment, not replaced. It’s needed to control the missiles though I am guessing it can also control the 57mm gun.

  3. So the Sea Wolf will remain? Thought no longer supported by manufacturer?

    Reply
    The manufacturer will replaced it tomorrow if someone pays for it. The big question is when the government will allocate the funds.

  4. The trick will be to replace Seawolf before MBDA stops supporting it. How long MBDA will continue will depend largely on how fast the RN replaces Seawolf on the Dukes.

    Good news about the electro-optical sights for the Lekius. Having it makes surveillance much easier. Shame that the Kasturis have a different sight though – from what I’ve heard the RMN is very happy with Mirador. The funny thing is that the MMEA got such sights way before the RMN; the Sagem Vigy 10.

  5. No worries, our G is full of surprises. Or fund could be obtained through PFI. Perhaps not a cosmetic company though else our ships would sail to the Spratly in pink…wait that might be a great way to scare the PLA navy..

  6. By the way Marhalim, how come no news on the SGPV for so long? Everything still on schedule?

    Reply
    I am willing to report on the LCS/SGPV but no one else seemed to be interested. I have been told that’s its slow moving. As whether or not it’s on schedule I have no idea at the moment. That said I have always been unoptimistic that it will be delivered on schedule and under budget based on previous ship building projects especially the NGPV.

  7. Nothing government is ever on schedule, and there is always a cost blowout. Even here in Oz, just look at the AWD/Hobart class.

    Is it still MICA VL, or the ESSM or don’t know?

    Reply
    Its going to be MICA VL, ESSM just missed the boat.

  8. Hi Marhalim:
    Any idea why RMN choose Mica VL and not ESSM? Is it due to the ease of integration to the electronics, or we just don’t like US products? 🙂

    Reply
    It was BNS that decided on the MICA VL when they opted for the Gowind design. RMN wanted the ESSM and the previous chief fought all the way until he retired last year.

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