Maritime Utility Helicopter Tender Result Soon

SHAH ALAM: It appears that the search for Maritime Utility Helicopter (MUH) for the RMN is expected to end anytime soon. Yes the tender for the MUH – issued almost 12 months ago – is in the final stages and the result is expected to be announce, though the actual time remained hazy.

The lockdowns imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic had delayed part of the process, I was told. As for the numbers,

RMN Chief Adm. Reza Sany said they were looking for three utility helicopters, to be based at ESSCOM AOR for troop transport and utility roles. He said the budget allocated for the program was RM220 million.

MMEA AW139 M72-03. Apart from its duty with APMM, the helicopter is also used for various other duties. Picture taken in late 2013. Malaysian Defence

The tender was originally published on July 19 before it was cancelled and a new one reissued shortly after with changes to the bidders eligibility.Maritime Utility Helicopter Tender.

Airbus H145M fitted with a gun pod and rocket pod with FLIR for targetting and ISR role.

I was told of the helicopter that was shortlisted but I will not name it as the contract has not been awarded. For the record I had previously reported that at least three helicopters could be offered for the MUH tender, they are (in alphabetical order) Airbus H145, Leonardo AW139 and the Sikorsky S-76.

S-76
A Bell S-76C of Hevilift Group operating from Labuan airport for the O&G industry. Malaysian Defence.

It must be noted that the MUH tender is separate from the helicopters being sought for RMN for Op Benteng duties.
Meanwhile, the contract for the multi engine conversion unit (MECU) for RMAF has been awarded to Aerotree Defence Services Sdn Bhd. The notice of letter of award was published on Aug 21. The contract for the year 2020 is RM497,000.

RMAF Super King Air 350 M101-01

As you are aware the MECU training has been conctracted to Aerotree from 2012 to 2017 with two Beechcraft Super King Airs. The contract lapsed in late 2017 and Aerotree had conducted the contract on a monthly basis up to late 2018. Once lapsed the MECU training had to be conducted on a B200T of No 16 Squadron.

RMAF Beechcraft B200T from No 16 Squadron at the flypast rehearsal on Feb 25, 2016.

— Malaysian Defence

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