SHAH ALAM: Radio mods for KD Rencong. In a post in January, Malaysian Defence wrote about the tender to repair/modify the radios on KD Rencong. I posted that it was likely that Rencong will have a new U/VHF radio, just like her sister ships, KD Keris; KD Sundang and KD Badik.
And this was confirmed when Eperolehan website published the announcement (no date) for the winner of the tender which was Rohde & Schwarz Malaysia Sdn Bhd. The LOA for the contract is RM498,000, some RM20,000 more than the previous ones.
Again, RMN has not announced anything on the issue apart confirming that it had undertaken the work on all of the three previous ships of the class. It is interesting to note that various experts had chimed in claiming that these was due to the low quality of the China-made radio (though none of them had any proof on this but only based on it from other people reporting).
Malaysian Defence had reported that the Keris class (at least Keris and Sundang) had two new communication domes installed on them (on different locations) and it is likely also both Badik and Rencong will also be soon be installed with them also.
Anyhow, there were two questions in Parliament yesterday, regarding the LCS and the FLIT/LCA tender. The answer for the LCS did not revealed anything new apart from saying that the Cabinet is still waiting for the Defence Ministry and other government agencies to prepare their report for consideration (which is also not new, really).
Meanwhile, the FLIT/LCA tender evaluation process has been completed and the final report is being completed for the ministry’s tender committee decision. I am going on a limb here to say that no decision will be made for both until the next general election (which the smart people are pegging to be held in early 2023).
— Malaysian Defence