SHAH ALAM: Exocets galore. RMN fired three MBDA Exocet anti-ship missiles off Kuantan today – two MM40 Block IIs and a single SM39 – as part Eksesais Taming Sari 20/21. The two MM40s were fired by frigate, KD Lekiu, and corvette KD Lekir while the SM-39 was fired by submarine, KD Tun Abdul Razak.
The six-day exercise were staged by 1,080 personnel from the RMN, RMAF and the MMEA.
KD Lekiu firing the Exocet missile. RMN
Deputy Prime Minister DS Ismail Sabri who witnessed the missile firings, stated that the success of the exercise showed the professionalism of the personnel involved. The missiles apparently hit their targets which Malaysian Defence wrote a few months back.
On the way, the Exocet missile launching from KD Lekir. RMN
The last time RMN conducted missile firing was back in 2019 when Lekir sister ship, KD Kasturi fired a single Exocet. Two MBDA Sea Skua missiles were also fired during the same exercise.
A view of the SM39 firing its engine after the launch from KD Tun Razak. RMN.
Although the picture above showed Tun Razak at periscope depth for the Exocet firing, in a combat situation she would have been much deeper to fire the missile. It is also interesting to note that Lekiu sister ship, KD Jebat is also taking part in the same exercise but she is not involved in the missile firing part. She hosted the Defence Minister and VIPs.
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