SHAH ALAM: Missile firings, On The Way. The Royal Malaysian Navt conducted missile firings as part of the ongoing Exercise Taming Sari today. Two MBDA Sea Skua missiles were fired from a Super Lynx helicopter – likely the first ripple firing of the missiles – during the exercise held in the South China Sea, off Kuantan.
Frigate KD Kasturi also fired an MBDA Exocet MM40 Block II missile as part of the exercise. Defence Minister Mohammad Sabu and his deputy, Liew Chin Tong were onboard KD Jebat to witness the missile firings. Kasturi has been the ship of choice for firing missiles since it was upgraded a few years back.
Another Sea Skua missile was also fired during Exercise Keris Mas which preceded Ex Taming Sari. As reported previously the exercises were held as part of RMN annual training cycle though it has been awhile since they conducted missile firings.
Mohammad Sabu later told a press conference that the missile firings showed that the RMN was capable of working with high tech weapons. “I believe they will be able to work with newer technologies.
According to the RMN, both exercises were the biggest held this year with the involvement of 13 vessels and a submarine. Apart from the Super Lynx, RMN’s air wing also provided the Fennec during the exercise. The Fennec was also involved in transporting the Exocet to Kasturi.
Apart from the RMN, RMAF aircraft from the Boeing F/A-18D Hornet, Beechcraft 200T King Air and the EC725 swere also involved in the exercises.
RMN said the missile firings at the exercises were a significant event as the last time it was conducted was in 2014.
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— Malaysian Defence