Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) update

alexsa

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It is pretty standard practice to face the gun aft in heavy weather (or it used to be).
From my vague memory, the old 4.5” Mk6 turret had the doors on each side, not on the rear as did the old 5”/54 Mk42 turret.
Two doors aft from my memory ... but opening outwards (which is the same for the mk 8) meaning wave pressure would push them shut. The Mk 6 doors were pretty solid as indicated in the image linked (from memory the doors on the Australian type 12's were a tad smaller)

4.5” mk6 turret - Bing images
 

STURM

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Two doors aft from my memory ... but opening outwards (which is the same for the mk 8) meaning wave pressure would push them shut.
The door or hatch on the Bofors also opens outwards and is to the rear
 
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The door or hatch on the Bofors also opens outwards and is to the rear
Leiku & Jebat both have the Bofors 57mm / BAE Mk110 gun. There are some nice images in the link below, including x1 with the rear door open:

BAE Mk 110 / Bofors 57mm gun

As for the 4.5 Inch the Mk8 / MOD 1 had / has a single door on the rear of the cupola, that opens outwards & is locked in place by both 'traditional' door dogs & lock & key (padlock)

4.5 Inch gun

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STURM

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Thanks for the link. I had no idea there were two side doors in addition to the large rear one.

I was lucky enough to be able to board Jebat a few years ago; courtesy of an RMN friend. Went in from the hangar and made it to the bow section. Climbed a fixed ladder to have a look at the VLS. Both are popular ships in the RMN and in recent years have has some stuff, like the nav radar, replaced.
 

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The RMN has confirmed that 3 “maritime utility helicopters” it ordered some time ago are AW139s. An RMN team is currently in Italy.

The AW139s are badly needed as range, endurance and lift limitations with the Super Lynxs and Fennecs limit their ability to lift PASKAL (special forces) teams; as well as roles as such as SAR and resupply.
 
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Sandhi Yudha

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During this live firing exercise, the TLDM performed a coordinated launch of surface-launched Exocet MM40 and submarine launched Exocet SM39 missiles.

This shows that Malaysia's Scorpènes are equipped with and capable of firing the SM39 Exocets.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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The fourth and final Keris-class Littoral Mission Ship (LMS) was named "Rencong" and handed over to the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM or RMN). The 68 meters long made-in-china patrol vessels are only armed a 30 mm PJ17 gun and some machineguns and all four LMS units will join the RMN Eastern Fleet where they will guard the eastern Malaysia’s maritime waters.

 

STURM

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The year of delivery is now planned for 2025.
Yes and what a major cockup.

are only armed a 30 mm PJ17 gun and some machineguns.
That is for the role the RMN employs them for : peacetime EEZ enforcement. They have ample space for 4 SSMs or mission modules but the RMN's priority now is a follow on Batch of LMSs which it intends on fully fitting out.
 
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STURM

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This shows that Malaysia's Scorpènes are equipped with and capable of firing the SM39 Exocets.
Along with Blacksharks, Exocets were included in the Scorpene deal in 2002. The first live firing took place about a year after the boats were delivered. This I believe is the 3rd SM39 firing. The target is usually a container placed on a barge.
 

Sandhi Yudha

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Iv
Yes and what a major cockup.



That is for the role the RMN employs them for : peacetime EEZ enforcement. They have ample space for 4 SSMs or mission modules but the RMN's priority now is a follow on Batch of LMSs which it intends on fully fitting out.
Ive read somewhere that there are 4 candidates for the new class of LMS. But maybe a heavier variant of the Damen 1800 OPV for the coastguard is easier and more efficiently.
 

STURM

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BNS was offering a new design but little chance of BNS getting the contract because of the LCS cockup. A few other designs have been offered but at the top of my head I have no idea what they are.

As long as it's something which meets operational requirements and as long as it's delivered within budget; on time and on spec; everyone will be happy.
 

koxinga

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BNS was offering a new design but little chance of BNS getting the contract because of the LCS cockup. A few other designs have been offered but at the top of my head I have no idea what they are.

As long as it's something which meets operational requirements and as long as it's delivered within budget; on time and on spec; everyone will be happy.
Here you go:


Germany’s Fassmer, American shipbuilder Swiftships, Dutch shipbuilder Damen, a joint venture between Malaysian company Destini and Damen, and another Malaysian company Preston.
 

STURM

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A PASSEX was recently conducted between various ships of the RMN and the Bundersmarine's Bayern. The Bayern had previously participated in a 2 day exercise with the RMN in 1997.
 

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The design will be a new design; unlike the 4 constructed in China. Little chance of a Chinese yard getting the contract because of the current political climate. Another issue is the fact that there will be integration and certification issues if Chinese design is selected. Achieving commonality is a major priority for the RMN and the various modular payloads it desires are from Western suppliers.
 

koxinga

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Well, they still need to get past the "national interests" businessmen. Whatever is the final choice, it has to be fully built outside of Malaysia.

Every program that they tried to do in local shipyards have ended up as a clusterf*ck of epic proportions, from Amin Shah's PSCI trying and failing to build the Kedah class, NGV Tech's building and failing on the two Korean training boats, to the current problems with Boustead and the LCS program. Even the MMEA was not spared; Destini/THHE shipyard's delay in the OPV program.
 
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