LMS 3 Coming

SHAH ALAM: LMS 3 coming. RMN’s third China-made warship, LMS 3 is expected to be delivered by the end of this month (September), says Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein (though not exactly ) today while the upgraded CN-235 will be delivered by the end of November.

In a press release issued on the first day of the current Parliament sitting, he said as part of the 100-day KPI of the ministry:

Sementara itu, sejajar dengan arahan YAB Perdana Menteri supaya setiap
Kementerian menunjukkan hasil dan memenuhi petunjuk prestasi utama (KPI) dalam tempoh 100 hari pertama, Task Force MINDEF berkaitan usaha memenuhi KPI berkenaan akan fokus terhadap pelaksanaan inisiatif
terutamanya yang berimpak tinggi dan memberi manfaat secara langsung kepada keselamatan negara serta kebajikan warga ATM, MINDEF dan rakyat secara keseluruhan.

Ia antara lain termasuklah melaksanakan perolehan Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) yang dijangka pada hujung September; melaksanakan perolehan pesawat Maritime Surveillance Aircraft yang dijangka pada hujung November; menyediakan lebih 2,000 unit Rumah Keluarga Angkatan Tentera (RKAT)
baharu bagi manfaat anggota ATM pada hujung Oktober; serta membaikpulih lebih 100 unit rumah milik veteran ATM atau jika perlu ia akan dibina baru.

Selain itu, Operasi BENTENG yang dilaksanakan sejak Mei tahun lalu juga akan terus diperkukuh pelaksanaannya bagi memastikan Operasi ini yang melibatkan kerjasama bersepadu antara 19 agensi termasuk ATM terus berupaya mencapai matlamatnya iaitu mengawal sempadan negara daripada kemasukan PATI serta mengekang penularan wabak COVID-19 yang mungkin
dibawa oleh mereka.

Perkembangan berhubung pelaksanaan perkara-perkara ini akan dimaklumkan dalam tempoh 100 hari.

A sailor on board KD Sundang with a pintle mount with a Vektor SS-77 machine gun during an exercise in March, 2021. RMN

For those with little knowledge on what’s going on the national security scene, the announcement on the LMS and MSA seemed a big deal but for all of us here, its really a bit misleading. It is also disheartening that the release which started on the budget did not say or touched anything on how much money was expected for this year and RMK12. As for the LMS, with just 17 days away from the end of September, one would expect the minister would be able to say the exact delivery date instead off “by the end of the month” generalisation.

The MD530G fitted with the FN Herstal rocket machine gun pod and a Gatling. This is a likely weapon configuration for the LSH.

And as the minister who signed off the MD MD530G light scout attack helicopter contract back in 2016, it is also disheartening to see that its firm delivery schedule is still up in the air.

RMAF CN-235 M44-03 at PTDI facility in Bandung for conversion into an MSA Picture taken on 3 Oct 2020. PTDI

— Malaysian Defence

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