defence Industry

LTAT Mulls Boustead Privatisation

SHAH ALAM: LTAT Mulls Boustead Privatisation. The Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) the controlling shareholder of Boustead Holdings Bhd (BHB), is mulling plans to delist the publicly listed company. However there is no indication whether it will also do so for Boustead’s subsidiary company, Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Bhd (BHIC) […]


Still Looking For MECU

SHAH ALAM: Still looking for MECU. Earlier this year, I wrote that the RMAF has yet to conclude its search for a new the Multi Engine Conversion Unit (MECU) aircraft. I wrote then that RMAF was talking with the Finance Ministry regarding the contract. Some ten days ago the Defence […]

Asean and Malaysia

Coming Home, Walk Like a Pinoy?

SHAH ALAM: Coming Home, walk like a Pinoy? The future BRP Jose Rizal, the Philippines Navy first guided missile frigate arrived in Subic Bay, Manila, late on May 23, 2020, some one month after its scheduled delivery. The delay is attributed to travel restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus. The […]

Tentera Darat

New Army Chief Next Month

SHAH ALAM: New Army Chief Next Month. Army chief General Hasbullah Mohd Nawawi is retiring with the new chief taking over on June 11. After the handover, Hasbullah is going on leave prior to his official retirement this November, says Prime Minister TS Muhyiddin Yassin on his official social media […]

Defence Contract

New Contract For Saab 2000 Erieye AEWC

SHAH ALAM: New contract for Saab 2000 AEWC. Saab on May 18 announced a new contract for Saab 2000 Erieye Airborne Early Warning and Control AEWC. It did not identify the customer for the contract which is worth some US$160 million or around RM697 million. As per Saab press release. […]

Tentera Darat

Out in the Wild

SHAH ALAM: Out in the wild. It appears that a number of HK 9s and Vektor SP1 semi-automatic pistols have been surplused by the Army, had ended up in the US. It appears that even gun writer Ian McCollum of the Forgotten Weapons fame cannot confirmed that it was surplused […]

Defence Contract

Walk Like An Egyptian, Part 3

SHAH ALAM: Walk like an Egyptian, Part 3. Egypt has launched its fourth, El Fateh (Gowind) class corvette, the Luxor, the third vessel to be built locally at the Alexandria shipyard on May 14, 2020. Two other corvettes build at the shipyard are the Port Said and Al Moez. The […]

South China Sea

Saying Nothing At All

SHAH ALAM: Saying nothing at all. Even as the Malaysian government continue its silence over China’s show of muscles in the South China Sea, the US continued with its Freedom of Navigation and overflights by its forces. Although RMN and APMM ships are patrolling the areas in SCS our determination […]

Defence Shows

DSA 2020 Postponed to 2022

SHAH ALAM: DSA 2020 postponed to 2022. Due to current unprecedented global health concerns disrupting transnational travel, the organisers of DSA 2020 and NATSEC 2020 has announced the deferment of the exhibition to 28 – 31 March 2022.The announcement was made by DSA Exhibition AndConference Sdn. Bhd., the organiser of […]

news and commentary

M-345 Jet Trainer Ready for Service

SHAH ALAM: M-345 jet trainer ready for service. The DAAA (Directorate for Air Armaments and Airworthiness), the certification Authority of the Italian Ministry of Defence, has given the initial certification for Leonardo’s new M-345 trainer. The new M-345, close to entering into service with the Italian Air Force, and future […]