SHAH ALAM: AS we wait for the revisions to the 2016 budget, we can pass the time to reflect on the results of the tenders for the RMN’s 23rd Frigate Squadron. The ships of squadron are of course, KD Lekiu and KD Jebat. Previously I had reported on the award of new navigation radars for both ships. For that report go here.
Anyhow, the Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) tender was awarded to Qiblatin Synergy Sdn Bhd. However, as the usual practice, the type of EOTS was not named. According to the industry sources however, the EOTS selected was from Chess Dynamics, a UK company based in Sussex.
The Chess Dynamics EOTS is the Sea Eagle FCEO, which according to its manufacturer ” is an electro optical fire control system optimised for the control of naval guns against air, surface and shore targets. Capable of controlling any ‘in-service’ naval gun, the system provides 24 hour, detection, acquisition, tracking, identification and engagement of air and surface targets through its thermal and TV sensors with target range provided by a high repetition laser rangefinder.”
Checks showed that the same system is fitted on board the Irish navy Samuel Beckett class OPV as shown from the picture below.
Checks on the tender website also revealed that Qiblatin Synergy also won the tenders for the procurement and supply of 57mm and 40mm HE rounds for the navy. No numbers were revealed however but it must be significant as both remained the mainstay of RMN ships.
Meanwhile, the Ship Data Distribution System (SSDS) and the Degaussing System tenders were awarded to ME & O Fleet Support Sdn Bhd and Karisma International Sdn Bhd, respectively. I have no idea what systems were selected as even my usual reliable industrial sources do not have contacts with either.
With the announcement of these two awards, the only tender left unannounced for the Lekiu-class mid-life updates (its not a SLEP someone told me!) is the ESM. I guess we have to wait for another few weeks to get the results.
And another thing, I was told that a survey of the ship’s weapons were conducted recently. I have no idea the results however, though it is likely that proposals for new ordnance will come out of it. Funding is not likely in the near future, however.
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