Its Galaxy Aerospace, Part…

One of the RMN MOH AW139 landing on KD Pahang during the sea phase of Borneo War Exercise in early September 2022.

SHAH ALAM: IT’s Galaxy Aerospace. In a previous post, Malaysian Defence wrote that Galaxy Aerospace Sdn Bhd won the bid for a slew of maintenance contracts for the two AW139 maritime operation helicopters (MOH). The two helicopters are operated by the RMN air wing at the Kota Kinabalu naval base. The cost of the contracts comes to RM2.86 million.

And now Galaxy Aerospace has won the tenders to conduct annual routine inspection and maintenance of the two helicopters. Both contracts are listed at RM75,000 though it did not say the duration. It is likely for the duration of three years, just like other maintenance contracts.

One of the two RMN AW139 -M503-2. RMN

Galaxy Aerospace was the company that won the contract to supply the three MOH. And it appears that the maintenance for the third one – likely to be delivered at any time – will be awarded to Galaxy Aerospace as well.
A RMN AW139 helicopter approaching Terumbu Peninjau or RMN Stesen Papa as part of its operational tasking to the five stations in the Spratlys. RMN.

The company is only one or two local aerospace companies which is certified to maintain government helicopters under the RMAF’s Directorate General Technical Airworthiness (DGTA) as well as Leonardo, the OEM, one of the main requirements for the maintenance tenders.
RMAF DGTA director general Brig Gen Nordin Abdul Ghani representing the certificates to Skn 503. DGTA

Anyhow, it appears that the Army Air Wing will be conducting the routine maintenance of the six MD-530G light scout attack helicopters that had been delivered, for the time being. Destini Bhd which had supplied the helicopters had hope to get the maintenance contract. Sources told Malaysian Defence this will not happen any time soon.
One of the six MD530G – M83-05 – flying over Subang on its way to Gemas on June 11,. EL/SC

I was not told the reason, but it is likely that the Army Air Wing felt that its technicians which were sent to the United States for training could cope with the routine maintenance of the helicopters for the immediate future.
Sapura Aviation MD500 displayed at DSA 2018

It must be noted that Sapura Aviation Sdn Bhd, which owns a single MD500 helicopter, is the authorised maintenance provider for MD Helicopters civil line.

— Malaysian Defence

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