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Condemned To Repeat It

SHAH ALAM: Condemned to repeat it. A check on Malaysian Defence’s archives revealed that there are 116 posts regarding the RMN Littoral Combat Ship. It is more than that actually as around 50-odd posts on the LCS had gone missing after the server failure, some three years ago. Long time […]

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More Tests for A400M

SHAH ALAM: More Tests For Airbus A400M airlifter. Soon after the announcement of the helicopter refueling tests, Airbus on Oct. 7 announced it had conducted further testing of the A400M paratroopers drop capability. In the tests, 80 paratroopers – 40 per one door – were successfully drop from a single […]

Lessons

Going, Going, Gone…

SHAH ALAM: Going, Going, Gone. The government wants to cancel the deal for the MD530G light scout attack helicopter and the MH109A5 self propelled howitzer. It is unclear why they want to cancel both contracts though this is likely as a result of the review ordered by the current government […]

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Lasers On The Way

SHAH ALAM: Lasers on the way. Lasers once the purview of science fiction books, comics and movies are rapidly becoming reality. From akward huge devices in sterile labs, the latest laser devices are now small enough to be mounted on shipping containers, ships and 8X8 vehicles. The biggest obstacle in […]

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Cost of Arms in the Real World

KUALA LUMPUR: Listed below are the cost of arms in the real world. Yes, there are other sellers, which offer cheaper prices but we do not have comparative figures for check and balance. The list below are the notification made to the US Congress by the Defence Security Cooperation Agency […]

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Singapore’s Army Marching On

KUALA LUMPUR: While our army still formulating the requirements for an advanced Land Warrior system, our next neighbour took a bold step towards realising the dream of a Stormtrooper ala Star Wars. SAF ordered the the Advanced Combat Man System through the the government owned ST Electronics (see story below). […]

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MV Bunga Mas Lima Goes Pirate Hunting

KUALA LUMPUR: The story from NST is another indictment of our failure to properly prepare our armed forces for any eventualities. Yes, no one can predict the future but if a proper defence strategy had been formulated we would have not resorted to this desperate measure. With the Ambalat dispute […]

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Will RMAF Hawk Fleet Get Their Mid-Life Update?

KUALA LUMPUR: THE story below is self-explanatory. However, the RM402 million contract also opened a can of worms. While the Hawk engines will be overhauled it remained to be seen whether or not the government will fund the fleet mid-life update or Service Life Extension Programme (SLEP). As Malaysian Defence […]

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Dissapointing…

The Jernas on Show during the Merdeka Parade KUALA LUMPUR: In conversations with some people over the last week, it appears that most of arms procurement in the last five years have done nothing to increase our armed forces capabilities. Most of the systems purchased have serious deficiency issues mostly […]