SHAH ALAM: Gempita, Nexter LG1 Mk II 105mm guns deliveries and more. It appears that the Army has taken delivery 17 out of 18 Nexter G1 Mk III 105mm guns last year and one more is expected this year. The numbers was revealed by Senior Minister for Security DS Ismail Sabri in his 2021 message to the Armed Forces on January 18.
Apart from the Nexter guns, Ismail said the military also took delivery 25 Gempita ACVs and two field hospitals in 2020. The military also took delivery 11 rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) and one multi-purpose boat, both for the RMN, ordered to meet with the urgent operational requirement of Op Benteng.
He left out the delivery and commissioning of KD Keris, the first China made Littoral Mission Ship (LMS). Yes technically, Keris was delivered on December 31, 2019 but her physical delivery was made on January 17, 2020.
As for 2021, apart from the sole Nexter gun, the military will take delivery of 37 Gempita, three LMS – Sundang and two other unnamed ones – and six MD Helicopters MD530G light scout attack helicopters.
The military will also be getting six Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC), 63 one tonne GS cargo trucks and 27 all terrain vehicles, also procured under Op Benteng.
In 2021, the ministry plans to continue with the procurement of 15 new assets for the military. This involved the Army land and water mobility programmes, light combat aircraft, aviation ground support vehicles and equipment, fire engines, firepower and special forces equipment and air defence radars
Eight new military camps will also be built this year, four in the peninsula and two each in Sabah and Sarawak. Eight border posts will also be built, two in the peninsula and Sabah and four in Sarawak. Under the ministry’s plan, 21 border posts will be built until 2023 starting this year. Despite what was announced above I still believed the LCA programme will be delayed until the RMK12 budget has been approved by Parliament. And there is nothing about the elephant in the room…..
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I heard Mindef will go ahead to get 36 in 2 batch LCA/Flit and ditch plan of getting ISF@Hornet from Kuwait AF and any opportunities to get ex Australian Tigers since their replaced it with the Apaches…
There was never an official plan to get the Kuwaiti Hornets just rumblings. No plans as well to get the Oz Tigers
The Gempita delivery…is it based on the previous contract of 257 Gempita or is it additional being purchased by the army
Its the old one
why exactly would you want those tiger? The ozzies retire them (prematurely) for a reason. if they couldn’t fix it why do you think we can?
So,no update on the LCS?
Should get more Nexter 105mm guns to replace the pack howitzers
What about the LCS?
He didn’t say anything about it
Just wonder why delivery 17 Nexter 105LG last year and now left 1 to deliver? Is it got defect or it go through some kind of testing and need to re-setup?
No idea, its likely due to Covid
Hopefully by the end of all this, we’d still have the money to get LCS built completed in full.
Any news on the heli leasing to replace the Nuri? I hope they get at least 12 example dry lease for general transport and supply in 2021
Nothing yet. It won’t be 12
Dundun – “exactly would you want those tiger”
Apart from procurement and operating costs; we’d also have to formulate a doctrine specific to our needs and ensure whatever we buy is networked.
Dundun – “. if they couldn’t fix it why do you think we can?”
They decided that another type would best suite their long term needs. Not all the issues encountered with the Tigers would be an issue with us as our requirements (should we ever buy any gunships) would differ considerably to that of the Australians.
Fadiman – “any opportunities to get ex Australian Tigers since their replaced”
To first get something there must be an operational requirement and approval has to be gained. There is no immediate requirement for gunships ….
Lee – “hould get more Nexter 105mm guns to replace the pack howitzers”
There are a lot of things we “should” get. The priority – as far as guns go – is a 155mm SPH. Whether or not having an additionally 155 regiment will lead to a reduction in 105mm regiments remains to be seen.
As it stands: the Artillery Directorate – if given a free hand – would like to replace the Model 56s but not on a one to one basis; preferring to raise the number of 155mms operated.
This is because for a lot of things we’d like our arty to do; 105mm guns have inherent limitations. This is unlike the case in the past when they served our needs; at a time when we weren’t focused largely on external security.
Fadiman – “I heard Mindef will go ahead to get 36 in 2 batch LCA/Flit and ditch plan of getting ISF@Hornet from Kuwait AF”
There was never a serious plan to get pre owned fighters from anywhere. How can one “ditch” a plan which never existed?
Despite whatever advantages there are on paper in doing so; both the government and the RMAF are reluctant and wary to do so. From the RMAF’s perspective it relates to costs; airframes which are already aged will get increasingly expensive to support as they age further.
As it stands the RMAF is a small under resourced air arm; operating costs is a major concern. No point getting “cheap” and gaining short term savings if in the long run it has to fork out more for operating costs/maintenance.
Some air arms (with bigger budgets and more resources) are willing and able to incur such penalties: the RMAF isn’t.
l do agreed with you the LCA programme will be delayed till the RMK 12th budget approved by parliament, but since the purchased of the LCA/FLIT already been approved and announced published to the public and industries that it will be done this year till 2015,the purchased is just the matter of time, do you see any first round rock out selection from the 8 LCA candidate, and is there any aircraft industries seem busing working into this purchased recently
P K Lo – “the LCA/FLIT already been approved and announced published to the public and industries that it will be done this year till 2015,the purchased is just the matter of time”
Until a firm contract has been signed; nothing is written in stone.
I’m convinced the LCA programme will proceed: albeit after a delay.
In the past; various programmes have been approved for funding; public announcements made and the RFIs and RFQs issued but ultimately cancelled indefinitely.
P K Lo – “is there any aircraft industries seem busing working into this purchased recently”
All the contenders will be busy pushing their gear and trying to be in an advantageous position. They will also attempt to get their respective governments to lobby.
What remains to be seen if we will insist on part payment with palm oil. The danger here is that the RMAF might end up with something not desirable/suitable merely because the OEM is willing to accept palm oil.
“No idea, its likely due to Covid”
More likely they need that to justify having a budget on that section operation for year 2021. If they managed to finish all by end 2020, they’d have to close it down and budget cut for Year 2021, right.
‘What remains to be seen if we will insist on part payment with palm oil. The danger here is that the RMAF might end up with something not desirable/suitable merely because the OEM is willing to accept palm oil…’
That’s exactly my worry too. We may yet end up with a JF17 buy (☹️) from Pak or something that is really an oddball in our arsenal. A coup of yes but not entirely an answer to our needs.
I doubt palm oil barter will be the end all be all, or else I guarantee you no European makers will want a deal with us in view of EU palm oil ban.
Would SK want our palm oil then? I doubt it as they are burdened with taking vegetable oils from USA as part of Trump trade rebalance deal.
This barter nonsense comes back to our failures in developing palm oil other than FMCG use. One such missed opportunity is how VW turn used cooking oil as replacement for marine diesel.
This part payment thing makes sense if it’s a win win situation for both parties and the end user doesn’t end up with something less than ideal merely because the OEM accepts palm oil.
The signing for the Fulcrums was slightly delayed because the Russians originally wanted a smaller amount of palm oil compared to what we wanted them to accept. For the CN deal; a few thousand Protons were originally included; the Indonesians buying AeroTigas in turn. The Thais (one the largest seafood exporters) have in the past used frozen sea food as part payment.
It remains to be see what approach the present government will adopt; with regards to not only part payment in commodities but also the usual TOTs/offsets; both of questionable value and paid for by the Malaysian taxpayer.
The actual number of Protons exported to Indonesia was much lower and the Aerotigas were never delivered