SINGAPORE: Inside, Outside. Defence Minister DS Hishammuddin Hussein met with Japanese ambassador to Malaysia, Makio Miyagawa, at his office at Wisma Pertahanan today (May 16, 2017).
The discussion among others discussed regional issues and the possibility of Malaysia getting surplus Japanese asset, according to a post on the minister’s communications official Twitter account.
Among those who attended the meeting were defence ministry’s officials and also RMAF Chief Jen Affendi Buang.
Since Jen Affendi attended the meeting, we can assumed the air force has now been officially informed the possibility of Malaysia acquiring surplus Japanese asset.
Hopefully, we will get something more on the issue during the interview scheduled to be held next week in conjunction with the RMAF anniversary on June 1.
By the way, here at the opening of IMDEX 2017, Singapore Defence Minister Eng Eng Hen announced that the country is acquiring two more Type-218SG to complement the two contracted for
The latest additions will bring the total number of Type 218 submarines in the RSN fleet to four.
“In addition to the two previously announced, the RSN will acquire two more Type-218SG submarines to replace its older submarines, with an expected delivery from 2024 onwards,” Dr Ng announced to an audience of leaders from the defence establishment and armed forces chiefs.
“At steady state, the four Type-218SGs in service will complement each other in maintenance, logistics and operations, and have better capabilities to protect our SLOCs (sea lines of communications).”
The acquisition of the first two Type 218SG submarines was announced in 2013, and are expected to be delivered in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Built by German multinational conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG, the Type 218SG submarine contract includes a logistics package and a training arrangement for RSN submariners in Germany.
The RSN currently has four Swedish-made boats from two classes of submarines, the Challenger-class and Archer-class.
The two existing Challenger-class submarines are expected to be retired in the next few years, with the four Type 218SG submarines expected to replace them.
It’s likely that the two Archers will be retired once the two new 218SGs are operational, likely around 2030.
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