Malaysia is a Maritime Nation

The-then Army chief TS Gen Zamrose Mohd Zain putting the name of the Panthera 4X4, the Malaysian variant of the Ejder Yalcin. Zamrose visited the Nurol Makina factory on December 14 2022. Note the RWS on top of the vehicle. Tentera Darat.

SHAH ALAM: According to the 2019 Defence White Paper, Malaysia is a maritime nation. But not according to the latest plans announced by the Defence Minister at his new year address at Wisma Pertahanan today. DS Mohamad Hasan said the ministry will continue with the resumption of the LCS project with the LMS II programme remained under consideration.

He said the procurement of the MPA and MALE UAS for the RMAF will be continued while for the Army, the procurement of 155mm SPH, Malbatt replacement APC and High Mobility Armoured Vehicle will be prioritised. (The Malbatt replacement APC is of course, the Nurol Makina Ejder Yalcin. Ed)

The latest picture of LCS Maharaja Lela taken on August 13, 2022. It appears no work had been done on her recently. Mindef

Mohamad said the Armed Forces procurement planning covering all three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) this year has a projected value of RM8 billion and involving 281 projects. (RM8 billion is more than the amount allocated in the proposed DE budget. ED)
Korean Aerospace Industries FA-50PH. KAI

He also said that he was committed to ensure the procurement of the FLIT/LCA – still under consideration
with the Finance Ministry – will be carried out this year. As for the LMS, Mohamad said he will discuss with the economic and finance ministries to ensure its funding. “Therefore, I will relook the priority of new procurement projects for this year,” he added
BNS conceptual NGPV Batch 2 displayed at DSA 2018. The same design could readily be adapted for LMS Batch II project.

. Earlier, in his address, Mohamad said the ministry and the Armed Forces are committed to continue the implementation of the Defence White Paper (DWP)), which is the national defence strategic document, for the period 2021 to 2030.
The Tarantula served as the VIP vehicle for this year’s Army Firepower Demonstration.

“This includes, ensuring the publication of follow-up documents, namely the National Defence and Security Industry Policy, the Defence Capacity Action Plan, and the National Defence Investment Plan. In addition, the implementation of the white paper will be supported, through Mindef’s Strategic Plan 2021 until 2025,” he added.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Malaysia is a maritime nation

    Our overall security concern cannot be planned without considering and including MMEA in the overall plan, even if MMEA budget allocation is clearly separate from defence allocation.

  2. Just finish the 4 LCS that are in BNS…and import the other 2. Apparently there is no guarantee there will be 6 LCS at the end of this fiasco.

  3. Order 6 OPVs from overseas shipyards for MMEA to cover peacetime patrol and presence of our EEZ, while RMN+KEMENTAH settle the LCS GOWIND problems.

    What ever happens to LCS GOWIND, at least there will be 6 additional large hulls to patrol our maritime areas.

  4. Just repeat what i posted in another topic

    Order 3 more Tun Fatimah batch 2 to be built by DAMEN, in vietnam, romania or somewhere. Concurrently order 3 of those large OPV from korea. That in all should cost no more than USD360 million, less than even a single Gowind! We can get all those ships operational even before we could get the 1st Gowind to be completed by BNS. Let the local industry sort their mess before we can give more orders to the local industry.

  5. I’m dissapointed by this news, you’d think that after constant incursions by CCG ships, majority of the fleet being old and the delay of the stupid LCS program that the Navy should be given top priority amongst the three branches, they are the ones currently suffering a direct threat albeit a mild one. What more is there to consider with the LMS II’s? RMN has already stated it’s a critical asset so why should it still be under consideration? I’d rather the LCS gets scrapped and have the Navy operate 8 new corvettes for the time being. That being said I am not the government so perhaps budget is the issue so far but I really think there should no longer be any considerations for the LMS, we need them now ASAP.

  6. In parallel with the acquisition of hardware the MMEA also needs adequate funds on a sustained basis to expand it’s shore base infrastructure.

    We often hear talk about the need for the MMEA to get various things but often overlooked is that it has limited manpower, sustainment funds and shore support infrastructure. Improvements are also needed with regards to MMEA/RMN jointness.

  7. Again the powers that be are just paying lip service to the DWP and that White Paper has turned into a White Elephant not worth the paper it was printed on.

    Focusing on the Army? Well Menhan is just prioritising his largest chunk of voters.

    Announcing procurement budget bigger than the approved DE? Well they need some carrots to give since the 6 state elections are coming soon. Whether it will materialise wholly is immaterial as long as they win the votes since nobody will question where are they going to pull that RM 8Bil out from.

    The Malbatt replacement APC is a surety as its being paid for by UN (partly, again, as it was once again being fked up with the type of vehicle ordered).

  8. Jason lo “the Navy should be given top priority amongst the three branches”

    Technically speaking The area of interest is nearer to us but 2000km away from PRC. and thus we have the advantage in terms of airpower. Why sink ship with a ship when one can send out their fighter just as the Argentinian AF did to RN back then?

    Unlike then There’s are also a lot of army weapons nowadays like MLRS,SPH that has maritime utilities. GBAD nowadays has secondary role as maritime & land strike platform. We currently are spending billion in building coastal road all the way from Teluk Melano to Tawau. It also easier to hide asset on land rather than on sea. It also a whole lot faster too & far more cheaper as well.

    A naval ship equip with SSM has the ability to shoot something 200km away, a capabilities not needed if all we wanted to do with those ship is shadow a CCC or PLAN ship. babysitting the Chinese could be done by a gun only vessel. There’s also no need to build ship as big as theirs, they need big ship to sustain long terms operations over here. We meanwhile are already here.

    Thus we do not need a navy with plenty of small ship that primary task is to provide limited sea denial to a landing party nor a navy with a lot of big ship but without much punches to babysit the Chinese. We however need a navy that capable of securing our sea lanes of communication as well as sealift capabilities.

  9. Jason lo “the Navy should be given top priority amongst the three branches”

    Indeed the RMAF and the RMN should get priority but the army is the senior service and there are reasons why it still gets priority.

    Zaft – “as the Argentinian AF did to RN back then”

    Examine the facts first before making fast conclusions. The RN had little early warning; had ships with only short to medium range AD systems; limited number of Sea Harriers; Argentine fighters only had a few minutes over San Carlos and the main Argentine challenge was locating targets

    Certain operational conditions in the Faklands will not be replicared so don’t assume so.

    Zaft , “Unlike then There’s are also a lot of army weapons nowadays like MLRS,SPH that has maritime utilities”

    That’s assuming they can locate targets and as army operated assets there is the needed inter service jointness. It’s not just the hardware.
    Many go gaga over HIMARS in the Ukraine but it’s not just HIMARS but
    HIMARS with the right C3 and means to detect and hit targets

  10. Zaft – “Thus we do not need a navy with plenty of small ship that primary task is to provide limited sea denial”

    We need a RMN structured to deal with the threats we see as likely and those we can realistically handle; one with the right balance of various assets [there is no single hardware which acts as a panacea or a single size fits all solution] and one we can afford to sustain.

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