SHAH ALAM: Upgrades for Kedah class, sort off. In my earlier post, Back to Future III, I mentioned that the Gem Electronica EOFCS will also be installed on another class of ship of the RMN. I can now report that four of the Kedah class will receive the system.
GEM Elettronica EOFCS115A, the EOD FCS for the Laksamana class ships signed at DSA 2016
RMN chief Admiral Reza Sany confirmed the installation of the new fire control system on the four Laksamana class and also the Kedah-class. From Kosmo newspaper. Scroll down to the bottom to see the statement below.
“Kita juga melaksanakan pemasangan sistem kawalan tembakan terhadap kapal-kapal Skuadron Kapal Ronda Ke-17 dan Korvet Ke-24 serta peningkatan keupayan sistem pengurusan tempur KD Jebat
My translation of the quote: “We are also installing a fire control system on the ships of the 17 PV and 24 Corvette squadrons and upgrading the capability of the combat management system of KD Jebat.”
A close up of Kedah class bridge. Note the EADS 3-D radar and Oerlikon Contraves TMX/EO X-band with electro-optic fire control director and thermal imager
As for the upgrading of the KD Jebat control system go here
So thats the extent of the upgrades on the Kedah class? Yes, I was told that for the moment that the new fire control was the only funded upgrade for the Kedah class. As for the ships getting the upgrades, it is likely the four Kedah class ships now based at the Kota Kinabalu naval base in Teluk Sepanggar. They are KD Selangor, KD Kelantan, KD Terengganu and KD Pahang.
A jack stay demonstration from KD Terengganu and KD Pahang at the KK Naval Base on May 28, during the 85th anniversary open day. KD Terengganu.
It must be noted that the other two ships in the squadron, KD Kedah and KD Perak are also assigned to patrol South China Sea near Kota Kinabalu under rotation with other ships. The RMN also has plans to transfer the two ships to Kota Kinabalu permenantly but this will depend on the availability of family quarters at the base.
Two Kedah class, KD Kelantan (175) and KD Selangor (176) berthed at Lumut jetty in early 2014. The ship on the other side is KD Mahawangsa. Malaysian Defence
I was told that that the navy had wanted a much more extensive upgrades for the Kedah class but only the Gem Electronic EOFCS have been greenlighted. This is likely due to the fact that its already paid for.
A model of the Kedah class with a full weapons suite at DSA 2016.
What about the other upgrades then? Well its not like what was reported before by Janes back in 2015 and also not involved in getting the “fitted for but not equipped with” things.
A sailor from KD Pahang firing the 30mm Breda Mauser gun located on top of the helicopter hangar aft. The gun can be fired manually from the mount or remotely from the combat information centre.
Infact, the Kedah-class is getting more and more like a patrol vessel, just like it what it supposed to do when it was first mooted. As for the other navy things reported during its 85th anniversary, it will be covered in future postings.
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