RMN To Wet Lease Two Helicopters

SHAH ALAM: RMN to wet lease two helicopters. RMN is looking to get two helicopters on a wet lease for Ops Benteng, the operation aimed at preventing the entry of illegal immigrants amid the Covid 19 pandemic. The request for bids was issued on July 10 and ends on July 20.

Based on the publicly available details of the RFB, the two helicopters will be contracted for 120 hours each, at least. As the helicopters are wet leased, the supplier will need to have three crews for each helicopters, one pilot and an engineer as well as two load masters. Based on the above I am assuming that no RMN personnel will be flying with the helicopters.

PASKAL operators trained for maritime demonstration with Super Lynx helicopter. RMN

The helicopters will likely be controlled by the nearest RMN unit. For example, if one is based in Langkawi, its routine flying operations will be under the control of the RMN base there. It is likely that the RMN Air Wing – with only six Leonardo Lynx and six Airbus Fennec – are unable to meet the commitments of Ops Benteng daily operations, hence the need to hire commercial helicopters from private operators.
RMN Fennec M502-04 fitted with a GPMG.

The decision to wet lease helicopters for the operations means that Ops Benteng – which is commanded by RMN Western Fleet commander Vice-Admiral Datuk Aris Adi Tan Abdullah – is not expected to end soon. The commitments to the operation is one of the reasons the Armed Forces was not keen to have LIMA 21 next year. Aris had previously told the media that the National Task Force set up for Ops Benteng needed more assets especially maritime ones to curb smuggling of illegal immigrants and cross-border crime.
Weststar Aviation Leonardo AW139. Picture used for illustration only. Weststar

I am assuming the bidders will be offering twin engine helicopters as it is likely that the aircraft selected will be flying over the seas most of the time. Anyhow I am still trying to find out what happened to the maritime utility helicopter tender issued last year.

— Malaysian Defence

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