KUALA LUMPUR: On July 2, KD Laksamana Hang Nadim successfully fired an Aspide SAM against a towed target. One heart may warmed from reading the news but the fact that the ship itself is 26 years old, one wonder whether the ship and her sister ships remained relevant in these fast changing world.
Yes, we could spent a small sum of money to upgrade the ship but how long will the rusting hull be good enough for our sailors. The ship and her sister ships are not being sent to the waters off Somalia for the piracy patrols and one wonder why? Does the lack of a helicopter negated the utility of the Laksamana class and will that affect any future upgrading plans?
From past experience, such negatives would easily be trumped up by national interests….
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