SHAH ALAM: According to a press release, Turkish company Aselsan claimed it had secured a contract to supply its SMASH 30mm RWS for integration with 44 metre boats being built for the Malaysian Armed Forces.
The release dated Sept 9, is published in Turkish (without any English translation) but the Google Translation goes as follows:
“ASELSAN with a company resident in Malaysia under an agreement signed between ASELSAN GUARD 30mm Remote Controlled Stabilized Top System will be integrated into the 44-meter boat belonging to the Malaysian Armed Forces.
Currently, the Turkish Naval Forces Command, Coast Guard Command, Land Forces and Police Headquarters is located ASELSAN Remote Controlled inventory Weapon System was preferred by Turkey as well as on the country’s Armed Forces .
These agreements , its importance in terms of being the first weapon system exports to Southeast Asia , ASELSAN carries.”
Anyhow, the translated release did not mentioned MMEA or the NGPC but the Malaysian Armed Forces instead so I am yet to decipher what it really meant.
However AFAIK only the MMEA is looking for a RWS for its NGPC and also to arm four of its unarmed patrol boats.
Furthermore the release stated that it signed a contract with a “company resident in Malaysia” which could mean that it had signed a marketing deal with a local agent. Unless of course the company its talking about is Destini Bhd.
As you are aware NGPC is now being built by Destini after the winning bidder, Destination Marine Sdn Bhd, decided to cash out after getting the tender from other more notable shipyards.
As for the tender to up-gun the unarmed boats, which also called for a 30mm RWS, if indeed the SMASH had secured the NGPC deal, it appears it will also be the gun chosen. I will be surprised if they choose another RWS from another manufacturer.
Please check later after I get confirmation either from MMEA or Destini.
In other news, Korea Aerospace Industries seemed to lock down the fast jet attack/trainer in South East Asia when it was announced on Sept 17 that it had reached a U$110 million deal to export four T-50TH supersonic trainer jets to Thailand.
Indonesia operates 16 T-50s while the Phillipines has 12 acquired FA-50PHs, a light combat version of the T-50, in 2014.
Personnally I like the T-50/FA-50s but RMAF already operates two fast jet trainers, the MB339s and the Hawk 108s. It will be unthinkable for the air force to retire the two jets including the single seater Hawks in favour of the Korean trainer/light attack despite their advantageous as already pointed out by regular Malaysian Defence reader ….
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