SHAH ALAM: Back in December 2021, Malaysian Defence reported that corvette KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin – pennant number 136 – was undergoing a refit at the Grade One Marine Shipyard in Lumut. She is undergoing the refit as part of the RMN’s Obsolescence Programme where her machineries and engines are replaced with new ones.
Malaysian Defence described the corvette refit as OP Plus as she is also getting a new hull as part of the work. She is also getting a new Fire Control System (FCS) to enable her to fully utilise her 76mm main gun (forward) and twin 40mm gun, aft. Last time we heard about the ship was when she caught fire though it was extinguished quickly.
A tender for the supply, deliver, install, integrating and commissioning of the FCS for Muhammad Amin was published on September 26 and closes on November 2. I delayed publishing the story as in the past the ministry had the tendency to cancel tenders without any reasons.
Anyhow, the RMN estimate the cost of the FCS (lump sum) is RM14 million. The specifications called for the FCS and its associated work to be conducted by a local company using only local workers. The winning bidder will also have to grant the Intellectual Property rights of the FCS to the government.
Some of the specifications (edited for brevity):
The current 76/62 MM OTO MELARA gun and40/70 MM OTO BREDA gun required FCS in order to be fully
functioning. The FCS is required to control/perform remote firing and will enable the ship to verify targets accurately beyond visibility during day/night.
One (1) complete system with two (2) EOTS.
The system shall be configured for the following tasks:
Primary Task. Anti-surface Warfare (ASuW), Naval Gunfire
Support (NGS) and Surveillance.
Secondary Task. Anti-air Warfare (AAW), Search and Rescue
(SAR), Navigation and Sector Surveillance
Three (3) unit operator consoles.
Firing. It shall be able to conduct firing including correction on static and moving surface target with speed up to 55 knots with the accuracy of gun fire targets up to 20 km and effective range to hit target at 15 km.
Surveillance. It shall be able to perform sector surveillance, target acquisition and tracking.
The FCS shall be able simultaneously engage multiple targets by using both guns.
Naval Gun Fire Support. The FCS shall be able to perform operation as follows: Direct shore bombardment. In-direct shore bombardment
Network Centric Operation (NCO) and NC2ATM. The system shall be ready to transfer and receive data and information in the format required by NCO and NC2ATM with dedicated compatible gateway
made available for future growth. The system shall also prioritize interoperability, information sharing, collaborative targeting and network security. The system shall effectively contribute to the network-centric warfare environment, enhancing operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Maximum range: At least 20 km.
All gun functions for 76/62 MM OTO MELARA gun and 40/70 MM OTO BREDA gun shall be controlled and
managed through FCS.
Tenderer shall carry out Setting to Work (STW), Harbour Acceptance Trial (HAT) and Sea Acceptance Trial (SAT) of the equipment/system on board ship including Live Firing Trial (LFT) to validate the
performance in accordance with the operational requirement in the presence of the Government representatives. Acceptance Test Protocols (ATP) shall be provided one (1) month prior to the
commencement date of the trials and to be approved by the Government. Accuracy of the FCS during LFT shall at least 80% hits on target. SAT including LFT shall be carried out not more than 2 times
and RMN will not bear any cost if additional SAT and LFT needed.
All copyrights and intellectual property rights for equipment supplied by this Tenderer shall be the property of the Government. Tenderer shall not at any time or during the expiration or
termination of this contract in any way whatsoever question or dispute
the rights of the Government. Intellectual property rights under this clause shall rest with the
Government independent of all liens, claims and encumbrances. The Source Code developed and used must be the property of Government and may not be used by any party.
Indigenous Product. System equipment shall be locally design, develop, and re-structure middleware including source code, fabrication and setting to work in country by Malaysian engineer/technician.
Based on the specifications, Systems Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd (SCS) is likely to be the front runner as it had provided a locally-developed combat management system previously.
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