Ammo For Keris Class Ships

SHAH ALAM: Ammo for Keris class ships. In a posting in 2017 on the LMS, I wrote that the Keris class ships will be fitted with a China made RWS and their ammo will likely be compatible with the current 30mm guns in service with the RMN.

I was wrong, and in fact the 30 mm Single Barrel Rapid Fire Naval Gun CS/AN3 on the Keris class fires the 30 mm X 165 mm rounds, the standard 30mm ammo for Russia and other former Soviet client states including China.

The 30mm X 165mm ammo. JSC Iszhmash

The same ammo is however compatible with the GSh-30-1 cannons fitted on RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM and the Mig-29 Fulcrum fighters. Before any one ask, yes, the Fulcrums are in storage.

RMAF Sukhoi Su-30MKM M52-02. Note the red cover over its cannon on the wing root. Zaq Sayuti.

The other 30mm guns in service with RMN are the MSI DS30M 30 mm cannon – on the Lekiu, Kasturi and Samudera class ships and the 30mm Oto Breda on the Kedah class ships. Both cannons fire the standard NATO 30mm rounds – the 30 mm X 173mm ammunition.

KD Keris 30mm CS/AN3 RWS. Malaysian Defence

Why I am writing about the ammo on the Keris class, then? Well the Defence Ministry has issued a tender for a MTO to ship their ammo from Europe.

Perkhidmatan Penghantaran Multimodal Transport Operator(MTO) Rounds30mm x 165mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) Link Belt untuk Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia (TLDM.

The ammo will be shipped from:

Port of Bar atau Port of Burgas (Port of Loading) ke Pelabuhan KotaKinabalu, Malaysia terus ke destinasi akhir di Depot Peluru dan Bahan Letupan Timur, Pangkalan TLDM Kota Kinabalu, Teluk Sepanggar 88846 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

As Port Bar is located in Montenegro and Port of Burgas in Bulgaria, it is likely the ammo for the Keris class is manufactured by a company in Bulgaria or Montenegro. It is likely from Bulgaria though.

The 30mm MSI gun on KD Gagah Samudera.

Hopefully the ammo for the Keris class are as cheap as was claimed by the then RMN chief.

— Malaysian Defence

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