SHAH ALAM: MUH in Kota Kinabalu. IT appears that the first two Leonardo AW139 Maritime Operations/Utility helicopters (MUH) have already been delivered to the RMN air wing unit at the Kota Kinabalu naval base in Teluk Sepanggar.
This was revealed during the official visit of the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) Rear Admiral Aaron Beng Yao Cheng to the KK Naval Base. Accompanied by RMN Chief Admiral Mohd Reza Mohd Sany, RADM Beng visited the RMN air wing unit which include the Skuadron 601 which operates the Boeing Insitu Scan Eagle and the newly delivered AW139s.
As previously reported, the first MUH were expected to be delivered last month, so it is likely that KK RMN airing crew are in the process of getting these rotary assets into service. From the picture, it is likely that they will be armed with pintle mounted machine guns as well. It is likely that the third AW139 will be delivered next month as schedueld. And it is also likely once the helicopters have been accepted into RMN service, a formal announcement on them will be made. Unlike the delivery of the MD530G (though it was done as these helicopters were late). That said there are talk that the full acceptance of the MD530Gs is likely to be delayed for various reasons.
The visit of the RSN chief also gave us the opportunity to see that the racing pistols ordered by the RMN for the Eastern Fleet are already delivered.
Anyhow there is also unconfirmed talk that the Army might also be getting its own AW139s instead of leasing them like the RMAF .
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