SHAH ALAM: Back in early May, Malaysian Defence reported that the RMN has officially taken delivery of KD Perkasa, pennant number 3512 after it completed the Obsolescence Programme Plus (OP) on May 9. Perkasa underwent the OP with a re-hulling which Malaysian Defence is calling the OP Plus.
The OP Plus is the culmination of the FAC fleet upgrade programme as it combined the two other aspects of the initiative – repowering (changing the powerpack, propellors and generators) and with new hull and modifications to general arrangement of the ship.
Malaysian Defence also stated that Perkasa has not been fitted with the EO turret and other capabilities as her sister ships, KD Gempita and KD Pendekar. And stated that it is likely to be done under a different contract.
And that different contract is now likely to be undertaken soon as the Defence Ministry has issued a quotation notice for the modification 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. As reported at LIMA 2023,
Prime Minister DS Anwar Ibrahim launched Malaysian first homegrown, combat management system (CMS) at the System Consultancy Services (SCS) Sdn Bhd show case at the Mahsuri Interntational Exhibition Centre on May 24.
The CMS was designed, developed, tested, and commissioned by SCS team of engineers and technologies. Anwar was given a hand-on demonstration of a mock-up of the CMS.
The research and development of the CMS started in 2019 when SCS was granted a proof-of-concept project to develop the indigenous system onboard KD Gempita, originally a Spica-M fast attack craft missile.
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