KUALA LUMPUR: Datin Seri Rosmah Mansur, DPM Najib Tun Razak officially launched KD Tunku Abdul Rahman in Cherbourg France, yesterday. Pix courtesy of RMN
The boat will now undergo a commissioning period of at least two years before returning home.
It is hope that this time around, TAR would beat the jinx that had bedeviled RMN twice in the last decade. Long delays in the commissioning. The first was of course the Lekiu class frigates, by four years, if I remembered correctly.
The second was the Kedah-class PV, two of which were commissioned four years too late. Four more ships remained unfinished.
KD kedah and KD Pahang, Malaysian Defence believes remained incomplete. Based on the Auditor-General’s Report it remained to be seen whether the two main weapon system, the Exocet and RAM are actually workable. The base and wiring are done but since the launchers are not fitted, and there is nothing on record to say the missiles were fired, we cannot say for sure the systems are okay.
With hindsight, the decision to build and later fit the systems in Malaysia was a terrible mistake which denied us the opportunity to ensure that all systems fitted in the ships are workable when delivered.
We were lucky with the Lekiu class, as the manufacturer had to make sure that both ships passed all tests before both were commissioned. The Kedah class unfortunately had a lame manufacturer with nothing to lose or any face.
One thing both common to the Lekiu and Kedah-classes, which Malaysian Defence believes was the reason for the delays — untested electronic systems and softwares.
Malaysian Defence hopes its not the case with the Scorpenes. I must point out however that the first of the two Chilean Scorpene submarines had a long commissioning period.
It took about three years for the commissioning with rumors stating that the Chilean would dumped the subs if the problems were not resolved. Fortunately for the French and Spain and us(?) that it did.
But bear in mind, we have no idea whether the electronics, hardware and software on our Scorpene’s are the SAME as the Chileans.
With that in mind and with RMN score of 2 out 2 (delays involving new ships) I would wager a bet of RM50 to anyone.
My bet is that the KD Tunku Abdul Rahman would returned home in 2010. The official time-line in 2009. Anyone care to bet against me? Or would you’d dare to put up RM50 for 2011, 2012,2013… well you know.
If you agree with me just say so!
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