SHAH ALAM: In the previous on how much is that helicopter in the window, I wrote the leasing contract for the RMAF’s four AW139 twin engine helicopters. Go there if you have not read it before.
Well, this post is about the three Maritime Operations Helicopter (MOH/MUH) procured by the RMN. Two of the helicopters are expected this month while the third one is scheduled for delivery this September. All three will be shipped directly to the Kota Kinabalu Naval base in Teluk Sepanggar where they will be based and operated.
Well anyhow according to the VIP greeting book for DSA 2022 contracts day, the contract was listed at RM228 million which was about RM8 million more when the RMN chief said about them in September 2020. Perhaps the higher exchange rate caused the increase in the contract price.
It must be noted that the contract was listed as
“in relation to Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP) under procurement for the supply, delivery and commissioning of three Maritime Operations Helicopters along with two sets of mission equipments for the Royal Malaysian Navy”
. The contract is with Galaxy Aerospace (M) Sdn. Bhd.
Yes, Galaxy Aerospace is the ICP partner for the procurement of the helicopters. Since the ICP terms are not published, I have no idea what it is for and its duration. It may well be related to the maintenance and other related activities on the helicopters and the two mission equipments.
And unlike the leased RMAF AW139s, the RMN ones are equipped with mission equipments, two of them. This is likely the EO turrets and mission consoles on board the helicopters. The helicopters will also be armed. Release from Leonardo:
The RMN’s AW139 maritime utility helicopters instead feature dedicated sensors and equipment, including light weapon systems, and will be stationed in Kota Kinabalu. They can carry out a range ofmissions including, among others, SAR, medevac, utility, and anti-piracy. Deliveries were performed fast and well ahead of schedule. The AW139s add to the RMN’s Super Lynx 300 naval specialised helicopters.
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