Preview Day DSA 2016

SHAH ALAM: WITHIN the next 16 hours or so, DSA 2016 will be opening its doors to visitors. Here are some of the latest updates.

The contracts and MOU signing ceremony will be held on the second day (thank goodness). The latest word is that the amount of contracts will probably not top RM3 billion. Again most of the contracts are for the provision of spare parts, support and maintenance.

It is likely that the upgrade contracts for RMAF – Hawks and Nuri – will also be signed at the show though the Hercules remained uncertain. However as I mentioned earlier if these contracts are not signed at the show, it will be done later.

Other contracts expected to be signed include the deal for the procurement of six MD530G light attack scout helicopters and 20 AV4 MRAPs. One new deal that may hit the podium is a contract for undetermined number of 5-tonne MAN trucks.

Gempita with 30mm LCT turret with ATGM launchers.
Gempita with 30mm LCT turret with ATGM launchers.

And although the contract to upgrade the Army’s fleet of Condor APCs and Scorpion light tanks remained uncertain, both prototype upgraded vehicles are displayed at the show.

The Condor upgrade is conducted by Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd (Deftech) – the manufacturer of the Gempita.

The prototype upgraded Condor.
The prototype upgraded Condor.

Upgrades to the Condor include installing a new 215hp Deutz diesel engine, new drop box, independent axle, and an automatic transmission. Other changes include new hydraulic, air conditioning, steering and vision systems. A new military standard digital system will allow for the installation of new driving and navigational aids. To complete the upgrade, the vehicle will be fitted with new wiring.

The new suspension of the upgraded Condor
The new suspension of the upgraded Condor

The old turret will be replaced with open top ACAV-style electrically powered turret. The Dillon Aero M134 mini-gun is the likely gun for the Condor. Some 300 Condors are expected to be upgraded under the project, which was first made public, in the UK earlier in the year.

The prototype Scorpion upgrade with the 20mm Oerlikon, fitted for the display.
The prototype Scorpion upgrade with the 20mm Oerlikon, fitted for the display.

Meanwhile, Kembara Suci Sdn Bhd, together with the Army is conducting the Scorpion upgrade. Like the upgraded Condor, it will be fitted with the same Deutz diesel engine, replacing the Perkins diesel engines.

The Scorpion turret will be maintained though it will now be an electrically powered one. The 90mm Cockerill gun is replaced with the 20mm Oerlikon gun, probably those retired from the Condors. The double pin track will also be replaced with a single pin one.

The prototype Scorpion upgrade.
The prototype Scorpion upgrade.

Only the Scorpions in service will be upgraded, from the 26 originally procured back in the 80s.

The Command and Control variant of the Gempita, armed with 50 cal on a RWS.
The Command and Control variant of the Gempita, armed with 50 cal on a RWS.

Meanwhile, Deftech – the industrial partner of Saab – offer to the RMAF for the MRCA and AEW requirements have been updated with the new Saab Global Eye AEW aircraft. The GlobalEye, combined its new Erieye ER active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar with Bombardier’s Global 6000 business jet.

It is the same configuration as ordered by the United Arab Emirates under a $1.27 billion two-aircraft deal signed during Dubai air show in November.

For the MRCA, they are offering the Saab NG, one of the four contenders shortlisted.

— Malaysian Defence

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