SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Coast Guard has started firing trials of the Aselsan SMASH 30mm remote weapon station on the first NGPC, KM Bagan Datuk. The firing trials are conducted off Lumut, near to the MMEA Kampung Acheh jetty.
The ship fired in single and burst modes at a seaborne target that the ship’s crew had prepared and set adrift for the trials.
The firing trials are part of the first NGPC’s work up towards full operational capability. Previously, the ship also conducted the trials of the Thales Fulmar mini-UAV shortly after returning from LIMA 17, where she was displayed at the fleet review.
Bagan Datuk was not equipped with the 30mm RWS at LIMA 17 so it is likely that she was fitted with the gun after she got back to the Kampung Acheh jetty. It is likely that the MMEA’s station at Kampung Acheh is also the agency’s ordnance department where vessels are outfitted with weapons and where firing trials are conducted.
A video of the firing trial was uploaded to the MMEA Facebook page. It could be accessed here
At LIMA 17, KM Perwira, one of the two ex-Bay class patrol boats, was seen fitted with a RWS. It looked to be too small to be a 30mm gun, most likely a 20mm of an unknown make.
In my interview with the MMEA DG at DSA 16, he had said that they had decided to cancel a tender to buy six 30mm RWS which was supposed to be fitted on Perwira and KM Satria and other unarmed patrol boats.
The money he said will be used to buy weapons for patrol boats stationed at ESSCOM AOR, instead.
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