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Malaysian Defence

Frigates, Oh, Frigates Part III

It seemed puzzling to me that the navy is getting more frigates even though its two FAC squadrons are among the oldest in the fleet.Some of the boats have been in service since early 70s.The last remaining boats of the old Kedah class (Vosper-built boats which were introduced in the […]

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Malaysian Defence

Frigates, Oh, Frigates Part II

The Curse of Local Content With apologies to the POC.The two new frigates according to the DPM will be built at a shipyard in Labuan after the contract is signed with BAE Systems.My first reaction, huh? Have they forgotten the NGPV fiasco so soon?For those unfamiliar with the fiasco, the […]

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Malaysia -RMN

Frigates, Oh, Frigates

SHAH ALAM:It is now confirmed, RMN is getting two more frigates to supplement the KD Jebat and KD Lekiu. The new frigates is will be a derivative of Jebat and Lekiu, but with a different sort of missiles and combat systems. Probably a new gun too, most likely the Oto […]

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Malaysian Defence

One Man Turret or A Cheaper Armoured Car?

PETALING JAYA There was a video shot of Malaysian peacekeepers in action in Timor Leste recently and shown by the local TV. What was interesting about the video was when the Malaysians who were riding in a Condor which stopped in between several wooden houses (I believed it was a […]

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Malaysian Defence

AEW: RMAF, MAS and PMB

For almost two decades now, the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) have identified the need for the AEW&C (Airborne Early Warning and Control) aircraft( or AWACs if you like the older American term) to bolster the country‚Äôs air defence.The lack of funds has always been the reason for the Govt […]

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Malaysian Defence

AIROD: To be or not to be

I was wondering when Airod will pop-up on these pages after the amount of ink spilled on the matter over the years.As usual Airod came into the picture with another round of talk that it will change hands (as in previous times) as speculated in the local paper today.Will it […]

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Malaysian Defence

No Agents Please, We are Malaysians

The news article from Press Trust of India is self explanatory. Even the French do not want to kill the Golden Goose. Over here in the land of Malaysia Boleh, agents remained the order of the day. An clear example was the purchase of the Sukhoi Su-30MKM planes from Russia. […]

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Malaysian Defence

The FUN FAIR’s back!! Part II

I refer to my earlier post on Lima 2007. As I have predicted, Le Proton Lima is not taking it lying down. But as a testimony of its own brittleness, its arguing about the use of its logo by the new organiser! No one can confirm whether or not Le […]

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Malaysian Defence

Al-Fatihah

The news item by Bernama is the final closure for the missing RMAF pilot. A sad day for his family, friends and all Malaysians. Like the last Hawk crash, it took a lucky break for the remains of the pilot to be found. If not for the work of (probably […]

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Malaysian Defence

Still MIssing Part III

The Bernama (Malaysian National News Agency) report is self-explanatory. But the first para is quite misleading, its sounded almost celebratory. There is no celebration just closure. Big Break In RMAF’s Missing Hawk SearchKUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Bernama) — After 27 days of futile search for the Hawk 208 fighter aircraft […]