SHAH ALAM: Back to the future III. In the earlier post Back to the Future I reported that the newly refitted Laksamana class ships did not appear to be equipped with the Gem Electronicca Electro Optical Fire Control System (EOFCS).
This was based on the pictures of the ships put up by the RMN on social media prior to LIMA 19.
KD Laksamana Tun Jamil after the refit on March 12. Note there is nothing on top of the bridge to indicate an EOD has been installed. RMN picture.
At LIMA 19, three of the Laksamana ships took part in the Fleet review namely KD Laksamana Hang Nadim (134); KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin (136) and KD Laksamana Tun Pusmah (137). I am not sure whether the second ship of the class KD Laksamana Tun Abdul Jamil, took part in show as I did not have the time to go to Porto Malai, the location of the maritime section of LIMA.
KD Laksamana Hang Nadim at LIMA 19. Zaq Sayuti.
Anyhow a close up scrutiny of the three Laksamana corvettes at the fleet review, confirmed that the EOFCS have not been installed on the ships.
KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin together with its sister ship at LIMA 19. Zaq Sayuti.
This was confirmed by Gem Electronica officials and their local counterparts from Genting Etika Sdn Bhd, when I met them at the show. They told me that indeed the EOFCS had not been installed on the Laksamana class corvettes.
KD Laksamana Tan Pusmah at LIMA 19. Zaq Sayuti.
They said that the EOFCS would be installed on the four corvettes, this July. They said the EOFCS equipment had undergone factory acceptance tests recently and they would be shipped to Malaysia soon.
GEM Elettronica EOFCS115A, the EOD FCS for the Laksamana class ships signed at DSA 2016
Interestingly, only four of the EOFCS would be installed on the four corvettes which meant that the aft radar directed 40mm guns would likely not be operational.
A picture of KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin in 2004 when the corvettes were still equipped with the Otomat SSM. US Navy picture.
As for which ships that will received the other four EOFCS – barter traded with the MBDA Otomat missiles – that will be revealed in another posting soon.
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