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    Malaysian Navy 2011 and onwards


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    Malaysia Becomes First Export Customer for Gowind

    Posted by Christina Mackenzie at 12/21/2011 5:57 AM CST

    DCNS, through its local partner in Malaysia, Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS), has won its first export contract for a Gowind ship. The €2.14 bn deal has been signed by BNS with the Malaysian government for six Gowind-class corvettes, the biggest of the Gowind family developed on its own funds by the French military naval systems group.

    The Gowind corvette is in the background.

    DCNS went ahead and built the first-of-class Adroit, the smallest of the Gowinds, which is currently being lent to the French Navy (see my posts on 10/21/11 and 1/27/11) despite having no firm orders. The gamble has obviously paid off with Malaysia becoming the first export customer for the ship. The novelty of the Gowind-class is that the ships can be widely modified, a bit like an Ikea kitchen, to suit the customers' needs.

    DCNS was in competition with the Dutch ship-builder Damen and the German group TKMS, one of the traditional suppliers to the Malaysian navy.

    The six corvettes, the first of which will be delivered in 2017, the others following at six-monthly intervals, will be armed with a 57mm gun as well as surface-to-air missiles and torpedoes. The 107-m long, 2,400-ton ships will also carry a Eurocopter EC-275 helicopter.

    BNS was selected early in December but the contract remained on hold for days because BNS and DCNS insisted that the ship adopt the SETIS combat management system designed by DCNS while the Royal Malaysian Navy wants another system, the Tacticos, developed by Thales and being integrated onto another of its vessels, the KD Kasturi. According to Malaysia's Sun Daily, the navy had hoped to reduce the number of combat management systems in its fleet to reduce training and support issues.

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    Good to see Malaysia continuing to:
    1. Announce plans they have no hope of following through on (by my count this is at least the 4th time in the last two decades where Malaysia has announced that it will procure 6-10 corvette in roughly this configuration).
    2. Make sure that instead of standardising on a single type to achieve a single mission they purchase 2-4 different types.

    They give the Indians a run for their money in straight up whackyness of procurment decisions.

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    Thales: Command of the radars and sonars for the Malaysian Gowind


    SMART-S radarcredits: THALES

    Translated from the original French by BING.........parts of it read like an epsiode of 'Allo 'Allo.............

    Thales gained control of six SMART-S-type surveillance radars, as well as six towed sonars Captas 2. The contract was signed with the Malaysian company Contraves Advanced Devices. It is responsible for the provision of electronic equipment to program FMS (Second Generation Patrol Vessels), also called Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) by the Malaysia. This program focuses on the construction of six corvettes, the delivery of the head of series being scheduled for 2017. The selected design is the Gowind Combat of DCNS. The french group, which has created a subsidiary in Malaysia on the occasion of this program, is working on the design of the buildings, which will be carried out locally, transfer of technology, by the Boustead Naval Shipyard shipyard. DCNS will also provide training and provision of equipment, including the combat system contracts.

    Sonar towed variable depth Captas 2 (©: THALES)

    On the side of Thales, it's also a project marked by transfers of technology. Indeed, if the two first SMART-S will be manufactured and tested on the website of the group in Hengelo, in the Netherlands, the other four will be assembled and tested by Contraves Advanced Devices, using components and the assistance of Thales.

    For the record, the Gowind fight is the high range of the new family of patrol boats and corvettes developed by DCNS. Directed to military standards, this building of 102 meters long and 2400 tons of load displacement is designed to implement the anti-ship Exocet MM40 Block3 missiles, a surface-to-air VL Mica system, a 57-76mm turret, Cannon integration of 20-30 mm, of torpedoes as well as a helicopter and drones. This corvette can be equipped with an integrated mast but the choice of the SMART-S seems to prove that the Malaysia has not opted for this architecture.

    Gowind fight here with a single mature (©: DCNS)

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    The Malaysian Gowind future unfolds


    View of the design of Malaysian the Gowind type corvettescredits: DCNS

    Translated from French by BING........

    This is what will look like the future the Gowind type corvettes ordered by the Malaysia. Even if the communication around this contract is still very discreet, progressively more known about these buildings, designed by DCNS and which will be carried out in transfer of technology by the Malaysian shipyard Boustead Naval Shipyard. In its annual report, DCNS, aired a very recent view of the design chosen by the Malaysians, who await the delivery of top-seeded in 2017.

    Stealthy turret of 57mm and single mature

    Outside lines, more fine-grained than the images that have circulated so far, several things are noted. First, the buildings will not have a turret 76 mm, but with a Bofors 57mm electric gun to stealth fairing like the turret fitted Swedish type Visby corvettes. Always on armaments, the Visual shows on the back what appeared to be two guns integration 30 mm of the British DS-30 type. In addition, the Gowind Malaysian will be well-equipped with a single mast, radar Thales SMART-S chosen by Kuala Lampur so placed under the cone materials composite developed by DCNS and onboard for the first time on patrol the Adroit.

    Still no official decision on missiles

    Still in the electronic field, we know that corvettes will be equipped with a towed sonar Captas 2, supplied by Thales, a firing control TMX EO (for the 57mm) and a firing TMEO (for 30mm) designed by Rheinmetall. While the combat system will be delivered by DCNS, on the basis of its new SETIS which equips the frigates (FREMM) multi-mission, it would appear logical that anti-ship missiles are the Exocet MM40 and the VL Mica surface-to-air missile, designed by MBDA. No official decision has, however, taken to date with respect to the choice of these weapons. It goes the same for torpedoes.

    For the record, Gowind Combat measures in its base model 102 meters long and 16 meters wide and displays a displacement of 2400 tons in load. Capable of exceeding the speed of 26 knots, with a range of 3000 miles 15 knots, it can be implemented by 65 crew members, the building with accommodation for 25 more people, for example special forces. They can use the shipborne helicopter (Platform for a 10 ton machine) and hangar for a 5 ton unit and semi-rigid boats.

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    Malaysia to deploy naval mothership off Sabah to stop kidnappings

    Dzirhan Mahadzir, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Navy International

    22 June 2014

    RMN naval auxiliary Bunga Mas Lima, seen here with next-generation patrol vessel KD Perak in the Strait of Malacca, is to be deployed as a mothership off Sabah as the government tries to stop kidnappings by Philippines-based groups. Source: Royal Malaysian Navy

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is deploying the naval support ship Bunga Mas Lima (pennant number 5) off the east coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah to act as a sea base. The deployment is in line with an overall strategy by Malaysia to combat kidnappings by groups based in the Philippines.

    Bunga Mas Lima will act as a mothership for RMN Combatboat 90 (CB 90) fast attack craft and Malaysian Army fast boats, allowing them to reduce their response and interception time in relation to any incursions into Eastern Sabah. Bunga Mas Lima will also carry an RMN AS550 Fennec helicopter to conduct patrols and interceptions.

    Operations on and from the ship will occur under the aegis of RMN COMNAV II, the region's naval command based at RMN Sepanggar at Kota Kinabalu, rather than under the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM), the civilian lead security structure tasked with implementing security operations in Sabah. ESSCOM has come under heavy criticism from various quarters in Malaysia over its inability to prevent several kidnappings.

    Bunga Mas Lima and sister ship Bunga Mas Enam (6), both belonging to the Malaysian International Shipping Corporation (MISC), had been tasked with RMN counter-piracy escort missions of MISC ships transiting the Gulf of Aden. However, with the decline of piracy in that area and MISC's preference for onboard security teams for its merchant ships, the mission - known as Operation 'Fajar' - has been concluded.

    Both ships would have reverted back to MISC, but the company has agreed for the ships to continue operating with the RMN. Bunga Mas Enam is in Perth serving as a command and co-ordination centre for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 international search effort.

    Depending on the situation in question, RMN plans call for Bunga Mas Enam to also serve as a sea base either in addition to or in rotation with Bunga Mas Lima .

    However, the use of the ships is only an interim solution. The Malaysian defence ministry plans to procure disused oil rigs that would then be refitted, equipped, and positioned off Eastern Sabah to serve as sea bases, although the conversion process is expected to take several months. Once the oil rigs are fully operational, the defence ministry will assess whether the naval ships will continue to serve as sea bases, be re-tasked to other missions, or revert back to MISC ownership.

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    Malaysian training ships delayed by manufacturer's money troubles

    Dzirhan Mahadzir, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    19 August 2014

    Malaysia launched the 75.9 m-long training ship Teguh Samudera at the NGV Tech shipyard in Sijangkang on 27 February 2013. Source: Royal Malaysian Navy

    The entry into service of two Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) training ships, Gagah Samudera and Teguh Samudera , remains in limbo owing to financial issues surrounding the Malaysian shipbuilder NGV Tech.

    RMN sources said that NGV Tech was in financial difficulties and as a result, its creditors had a call on both ships, which prevents the RMN from formally accepting and commissioning them. The sources also said that neither ships was completed, with Gagah Samudera being about 95% complete and Teguh Samudera being 80% complete.

    No further work can be carried out on the ships for the time being, though the Ministry of Defence is working to resolve this impasse and at the same time is looking for a local shipbuilder to finish them. Boustead Naval Shipyard, which is currently building the Second Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship for the RMN, is said to be the lead contender for this contract once the dispute over the ships' ownership has been resolved.

    Both ships are currently berthed at the RMN's National Hydrography Center, Port Klang, with RMN personnel overseeing the care of them.

    The Samudera-class ships were being built by NGV Tech in collaboration with South Korea's DSME and were planned to replace the RMN's aging training ship KD Hang Tuah. Launched in December 2012 and February 2013 respectively from NGV Tech's shipyards at Sijangkang, near Kuala Lumpur, the two training ships were scheduled to enter service by the end of 2013.

    Each ship is designed to carry 45 crew and 60 trainees. Armament consists of a single MSI Seahawk 30 mm cannon and they are fitted with a Samsung-Thales fire control system. Both are to have a helideck although no hangar is fitted.

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    Royal Malaysian Navy Releases First Official Image of its LCS-SGPV Corvette

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) unveiled for the first time an official rendering of its future Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) - Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV). The vessel is based on DCNS' Gowind Combat corvette design. DCNS is the warship design authority while local shipyard Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn will be in charge of buidling the vessels locally.

    Royal Malaysian Navy LCS is based on DCNS Gowind Combat corvette design. The use of a stealth cuppola for the main gun (similar to Swedish Navy Visby class) and the re-worked bridge area shows the stealth requirement for the class were a priority. Image: Royal Malaysian Navy

    The RMN's LCS will have a length of 111 meters and a displacement of 3,100 tons. The 6 vessels will be fitted with 57mm Mark 3 main guns with stealth cupola from BAE Systems Bofors. It was confirmed to us during LIMA 2013 that the combat management system will be the SETIS by DCNS, the Fire Control Systems will be provided by Rheinmetall, and the engines will be provided by MTU. There will be two 30mm remote weapon stations by MSI. Thales announced ealier this year that it has signed a Letter of Award with Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd. to supply six SMART-S Mk2 naval surveillance radar systems, as well as six CAPTAS-2 towed sonar systems for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) Littoral Combat Ships (LCS).

    Navy Recognition's own sources indicate it is now highly likely that the anti-ship missiles and surface to air missile will be provided by MBDA (MM40 Block 3 and VL Mica respectively).

    First ship of the class is set to be floated out and lowered in the water via a platform in December of 2018.

    During DSA 2014 Anuar bin Murad, Director of Defence and Security at BIHC and Gowind program manager, gives us the latest update on the SGPV (Second Generation Patrol Vessel) - LCS (Littoral Combat Ship) program for the Royal Malaysian Navy. The vessel is based on DCNS' Gowind combat corvette design.

    VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7mU...r_embedded#t=0

    Royal Malaysian Navy statement:

    In accordance with its long term plan to become a World-Class Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy ordered six LCS class frigates with four-dimensional warfare capabilities.

    Procurement contract is between the Government and Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd (BNS). This acquisition is a continuation of the acquisition of six New Generation Patrol Vessel (NGPV) of BNS before. LCS will be equipped with the tools and systems for 4-dimensional war with Surface to Air Missile system (SAM), Surface to Surface Missile (SSM), Medium Caliber Gun (MCG), Small Caliber Gun (SCG), Towed Array Sonar (TAS), torpedo and Decoy Launching System (DLS) technology. In addition, the LCS has acquired a modern stealth design and will meet the defense capability of the 21st century. This acquisition will also strengthen the navy as a credible navy in the Southeast Asian region and internationally.

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    Malaysia targeting 2019 in-service date for littoral combat ship

    Dzirhan Mahadzir, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    05 October 2014

    The RMN is targeting an operational entry date of 2019 for the first-of-class SGPV-LCS, according to its chief. Source: Dzirhan Mahadzir

    The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is targeting an operational entry date of 2019 for the first-of-class Second Generation Patrol Vessel - Littoral Combat Ship (SGPV-LCS), according to its chief, Admiral Aziz Jaafar.

    Adm Aziz told IHS Jane's on 3 October that the RMN's current planning schedule calls for sea trials of the first ship to be carried out in 2018 and operational entry in 2019. Construction of the first of the six-ship LCS class has started at the Boustead Heavy Industry Corporation (BHIC) shipyard facilities in Lumut, with a 2017-18 delivery date and the remaining five ships delivered at six-month intervals thereafter.

    BHIC is building the 3,000-tonne SGPV-LCS in partnership with DCNS, whose Gowind corvette design is being used as the basis for the vessel.

    Most key equipments for the new class have now been confirmed. These include the DCNS SETIS combat management system, the Thales Nederland SMART-S Mk 2 3-D multibeam radar, Rheinmetall's TMEO Mk 2 TMX/EO radar/electro-optical tracking and fire control system, and the Thales Captas-2 low-frequency variable depth sonar.

    Weapon systems include a BAE Systems 57 mm Mk 3 medium-calibre dual-purpose gun (in a stealth cupola), two MSI-Defence Seahawk single 30 mm guns, and two J+S Marine triple torpedo tube launchers (although no announcement has been made as to what torpedoes will be used). No contracts have yet been placed for the point defence missile system and surface-to-surface guided weapon system; however, MBDA's VL MICA and MM40 Block 3 Exocet missiles are thought to be in prime position.


    Adm Aziz also said that the RMN auxiliary vessel Bunga Mas 5 , currently being leased from Malaysian International Shipping Corp and operating as a mobile sea base in East Malaysia, will soon have its ownership transferred to the RMN where it will be commissioned into service.

    Adm Aziz added that the RMN had hoped to also have Bunga Mas 5 's sister ship, Bunga Mas 6 , transferred but was unable to obtain it as Bunga Mas 6 was required by MISC to serve as a training platform for the MISC-owned Malaysian Maritime Academy.

    Bunga Mas 5 and Bunga Mas 6 were leased to the Malaysian government in 2009 and 2011, respectively, for use as navy auxiliary ships tasked with conducting anti-piracy escort missions off the Gulf of Aden: a mission that ended earlier in 2014. Bunga Mas 6 was subsequently used in the search operations for the missing MH370 airliner, deploying to Australia in April before returning to Malaysia in August. Bunga Mas 5 has been employed as a mobile seabase off the East Coast of Sabah as part of security operations to prevent cross-border kidnappings from armed groups in the Philippines.

    Adm Aziz said the RMN would soon increase its capabilities in operations there with nine surplus US Navy Mark 5 Special Operations Boats along with the purchase of a number of locally built fast boats.

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    Malaysian naval chief announces 5-year funding request of $2.86bn

    Dzirhan Mahadzir, Kuala Lumpur - IHS Jane's Defence Industry

    06 January 2015

    The chief of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) said in a New Year address on 7 January that the service had requested funding for 36 programmes costing an estimated RM10.181 billion (USD2.86 billion) under the 11th Malaysia Plan of 2016-20.

    Admiral Aziz Jaafar said the programmes include the procurement of eight missile corvettes and six anti-submarine helicopters (as reported by IHS Jane's in August 2014), along with the procurement of small crafts and the replacement of obsolete missile and torpedo systems on existing RMN ships.

    Adm Aziz later told IHS Jane's that a final review of the requests would be conducted next week before submission to the Malaysian government, which is expected to announce the allocations for the 11th Malaysia Plan by the middle of 2015.

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    Malaysia mulls air defences for submarine base near South China Sea

    Ridzwan Rahmat, Singapore - IHS Jane's Navy International

    27 January 2015

    One of the two RMN Scorpene-class submarines, KD Tun Razak, pictured prior to its arrival in Malaysia. Source: Navantia

    Key Points

    •Submarine base defences are being considered against a backdrop of rising regional maritime tensions
    •The base is home to Malaysia's only dedicated submarine facility

    Malaysia is looking to equip its naval base at Teluk Sepanggar with an air defence system as a pre-emptive measure against potential threats, said Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein in a media statement on 26 January.

    The base, now known as RMN Kota Kinabalu, is currently home to the Royal Malaysian Navy's (RMN's) two Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarines: KD Tunku Abdul Rahman and KD Tun Razak . The base began operations in 2006, originally as the Sepanggar Naval Base, and houses the country's only dedicated submarine basing facility together with several other surface combatants.

    Hishammuddin described the plan to deploy air defence systems at RMN Kota Kinabalu as a move that will prepare the RMN for possible future conflicts, adding that the service is currently focused on potential threats emanating from the South China Sea and Eastern Sabah waters.

    However, the minister stopped short of elaborating on the specifics of any system being considered, saying that any decision will depend on the armed forces' requirements and government funding.


    The RMN naval base at Teluk Sepanggar is close to disputed maritime regions in the South China Sea. A decision to deploy an air defence capability to the submarine base may have become increasingly important to Malaysia following manoeuvres by the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) near waters claimed by Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

    China's Xinhua news agency reported in January 2014 that a PLAN task group, comprising the Type 071 landing ship dock (LSD) vessel Changbaishan (989), the Type 052B Luyang I-class destroyer Wuhan (169), and the Type 052C Luyang II-class destroyer Haikou (171), had patrolled James Shoal and held a ceremony during which sailors swore to safeguard the country's sovereignty.

    China has repeatedly claimed James Shoal as its southernmost land feature and continues to reinforce this by regularly dispatching naval vessels to the area. James Shoal lies approximately 60 n miles off the coast of Sarawak in Eastern Malaysia.

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