SHAH ALAM: After a four-year hiatus, Imdex Asia 2023, returns hosting 250 participating companies from 25 countries/regions, at the Singapore Changi Exhibition Centre from May 3 to 5. Malaysian Defence was however unable to attend the show due to reasons.
However, thanks to the kind nature of defence journalist Dzirhan Mahadzir, who is attending the show, we have a selection of pictures from the show. Among them is a scale mode of the Israeli Navy Sa’ar 6 corvette, which three out of four are in service. The corvette is a Kedah class on steroids.
The Sa’ar 6 has a displacement of almost 1,900 tons at full load and is 90 m (295 ft 3 in) long. It is armed with an Oto Melara 76 mm main gun, two Typhoon Weapon Stations, 16 vertical launch cells for Barak-8 surface-to-air missiles, 40 cells for the C-Dome point defence system, 16 anti-ship missiles Gabriel V, the EL/M-2248 MF-STAR AESA radar, and two 324 mm torpedo launchers. It has hangar space and a platform able to accommodate a medium class SH-60-type helicopter
Naval Group was also present at the show showing a scale model of its City-class mine-counter-measures (MCM) vessel.
In May 2019, the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, comprising Naval Group and ECA Group (now known as Exail, was awarded a €2bn ($2.4bn) contract to deliver 12 MCMVs, six each for the Belgian and Netherlands navies as part of the naval mine countermeasure capability replacement programme.
Pan European missile firm, MBDA, is also taking part in Imdex, showcasing its various missiles and other capabilities to customers and prospective ones.
And expected home-grown Singapore Technologies also took part in the show. It is show-casing its various product including the Vanguard 130 multi-role combatant. The Vanguard 130 may well be the preview of the six Multi-Role Combat Vessel (MRCV), the first one to be in service with the RSN in 2028.
— Malaysian Defence