SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry has issued a request for bids to supply, delivery, integration and commissioned of a new fire control radar optical (FCRO) for KD Jebat (pennant number 29). The advertisement for the item was published on December 26 2023, and closes on February 8, 2024.
There are no detailed specifications for the FCRO in the public portion of the tender documents apart that it is a replacement item for Jebat.
RMN estimates the cost of the FCRO and all the services to be RM11 million which is lower than the cost for the same equipment for KD Perak – RM15 million.
Following the publication of the tender, I checked Jebat social media sites and was intrigued that its FCR – BAE Systems ST 1802 – could not be seen on its superstructure unlike the Chess Dynamics EOTS which was installed a around 2017 and 2018 . In its place it is the Chess Dynamics FCRO.
The same ST1802 FCR and Chess Dynamics EOTS are accounted for Jebat’s sister ship, KD Lekiu. It was the same combo with which Lekiu fired two Exocets MM40 Block 2 missiles, apart from other things of course, recently.
A further search of Jebat social media pages showed that the original FCR was last seen on her in October 2018 and it was gone by June 2019. It may well likely that the old FCR was replaced with the Chess Dynamics FCRO when Jebat was undergoing her CMS change.
It may well be the lack of an FCR had prevented Jebat from conducting missile firings since 2019. That said I have heard other things which may well be the reason for it. Perhaps, it is a combination of all the things.
It is interesting to note that there was a tender for the repair of the FCRO on Jebat in August, this year. The LOA was awarded to AMAX Optronics Sdn Bhd for RM498,000.
HT to Hulubalang
— Malaysian Defence