SHAH ALAM: IT appears that Malaysian Defence got two things wrong in recent articles on Handalan-class FAC, KD Perkasa, pennant number 3512. In a recent article on the FAC, Malaysian Defence wrote that
the Defence Ministry has issued a quotation notice for a modification work on Perkasa. The public portion of the notice did not say anything much apart that it was looking for quotation for the modification work. The QN was published on June 5 and closes on June 12, a period of seven days. I assuming that the modification will be like the ones done on Gempita and Pendekar
The bold line is important as it was one of the things I got wrong. Actually, the QN work is not likely something to do with the CMS as the contract for the modification work was awarded to Geliga Slipway Sdn Bhd. Geliga Slipway located in Kemaman, Terengganu is the shipyard which did the OP Plus work on Perkasa.
The contract award is listed at Eperolehan at RM305,855.45. Geliga Slipway is the sole bidder for the modification work. I am not going to guess again the modification work to be done on Perkasa as it is likely that I will get it wrong again.
So, what is second mistake on Perkasa? Since she was delivered to RMN in May, I had consistently said that the Y-gun – L70 40mm Bofors – had been taken off her. However, pictures from Perkasa own Facebook page showed that the gun remained on her.
However, without an external firing guidance, the Y-gun remained a spray and pray weapon. Yes, there are ways to fire the gun with an external fire control system, but it is rudimentary at best.
The gun still needs to be fired manually though unlike the 57mm Bofors – the A gun – which can be fired remotely if they install the CMS as done on KD Gempita and KD Pendekar.
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