SHAH ALAM: A walk on part…. It appears that KD Jebat is set to get a new “brain” as it enters the 20th year anniversary in the RMN. The new brain is of course the locally developed Vibrant 1 combat management system.
As reported previously the Vibrant 1 CMS had been selected by Boustead Naval Shipyard last year to be installed on the Jebat as part of its refit work. The CMS was developed by local company, Marine Crest Technology Bhd with inputs from Indian firm, C2C-DB Systems Pvt Ltd. For further details go here.
On May 16, RMN’s Fleet Engineering Authority posted on its social media that it conducted the Factory Acceptance Test for the software of Vibrant 1 CMS. The console/workstation looked the same as the one displayed at LIMA 19. It did not state when the CMS will actually be installed on Jebat, however.
It must be noted that the Jebat and its sister ship KD Lekiu, have had a programme to replace some of its equipment within the last three years, including the Thales Vigile 100 Mk2 ESM replacing the BAE Mentor A; Chess Dynamics Sea Eagle FCEO replacing the BAE Type V 3001 and a new navigation radar, the Terma Scanter 6000.
The CMS will be the most significant upgrade though it remained unclear whether it will also be extended to Lekiu, though it is most likely. There is no word at all on the replacement for the VL Seawolf SAM though.
As whether or not, the CMS will be able to support the Jebat’s guided weapons, I guess we will have to wait until RMN conducts a firing exercise later this year.
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