SHAH ALAM: In his first speech as Defence Minister, DS Khaled Nordin, spoke about the procurement of assets and items for the Armed Forces. Among the things he mentioned was the MALE-UAS, MPA, FLIT-LCA, LMS, FIC and flares and sonar decoys for the Perdana Menteri class submarines.
The FIC and flares and sonar decoys are low hanging fruits as both are on order since 2021. In fact, the RMN Eastern Fleet Command took delivery of four FIC batch 2 today. The formal ceremony for the boats is scheduled next month with the minister likely to be the guest of honour.
The request for bids for flares and sonar decoys was published in November 2021 but was cancelled shortly thereafter. No, fret though as the flares and sonar decoys had been procured as the quotation notice for their MTO has been awarded to Kudrat Maritime Sdn Bhd for an LOA of RM840,000. The specifications for the QN MTO called for the items to be shipped from Bilbao port in Spain.
Despite being shipped from Spain, I believed, that the flares and sonar decoys were sourced from Lacroix Defence of France. I stand to be corrected, of course.
From Lacroix Defence website:
Pyrotechnic signals are a means of identification or signalling between submerged submarines and aircraft or surface vessels.
Our submarine-launched solutions are used worldwide by submarines to transmit, via a brief and predetermined code, information on manoeuvres or for a distress signal.
Highly visible red, green, or yellow signals to communicate a brief, predetermined code (e.g. red: surface in an emergency, green: torpedo launch simulation, etc.)
Smoke & Illuminating: Fire & Smoke (White Colour) Day & Night Effects
To report the position or communicate a brief, predetermined code to naval forces or rescue teams.
Smoke Colours, Daytime Use
To report a brief and predetermined code to naval forces or rescue teams (e.g. simulated torpedo launches, etc.)
This countermeasure, implemented from submerged vessels, is intended to deceive active sonars (surface vessels, helicopters, submarines or torpedoes) by generating false echoes.
The specifications published for the cancelled RFB tallied with the items mentioned above. The numbers were also published but since they cancelled the RFB I am not going to put it down here. It must also be noted that French submarines were designed for the French made flares and sonar decoys.
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