07 Januari 2016

Fast Attack Craft of the RMN to Continue Service until 2020

07 Januari 2016


Royal Malaysian Navy operates Fast Attack Craft in Skuadron 1 (FAC-M) KD Perdana (3501), KD Ganyang (3504), KD Handalan (3511), KD Perkasa (3512), KD Gempita (3514), KD Pendekar (3513) and Skuadron 6 (FAC-G) KD Paus (3507), KD Serang (3502), KD Pari (3510), KD Yu (3508), KD Ganas (3503), KD Jerong (3505), KD Todak (3506), KD Bau (3509). (photo : Duarte Nuno)

New Stuff for Old Boats

SHAH ALAM: IT appears that RMN’s nine FACs – which entered service in the 1970s – are getting new equipment which may allow them to continue service well past 2020. The nine boats are likely those of the Perdana and Jerong classes.

Malaysian Defence had reported previously that nine FACs based in Kuantan and Kota Kinabalu are getting Eletro-Optical Director Systems (EODS) but apart from that they are also getting new navigation radars and single arm knuckle boom cranes.

The tenders for these two items were published in August unlike the EODS which was issued in June. Unfortunately until today, the Defence Ministry has yet to announce the winner of the three tenders for reasons unknown.

Since these boats are armed with guns only, the new EODS should be able to handle most of the tasks during operations including fire control solutions without a dedicated Fire Control Radar (at least for the main guns as the rear ones are likely to be fired manually). It is likely the FCR that came with the boats are obsolete already.

For the Lekiu-class, RMN opted for an Eletro Optical Tracking System (EOTS) though most of the products being marketed today could handle other tasks like fire control as well. Indeed perhaps the same system were offered for both tenders.


KD Ganyang 3504 (photo : TLDM)

As the Lekiu class are equipped with a dedicated FCR, perhaps an EOTS is perhaps a good enough solution. Like the FAC tenders, the winner of the EOTS tender for the Lekiu has also not been officially announced.

While the nine FACs based in Kuantan and Kota Kinabalu are to be fitted the EODS and new navigation radars, only those based in the former will be fitted with the cranes. This cranes could be used to lift anything including RHIBs and other equipment like oil skimming devices.

As mentioned before the FACs to be fitted with the new items are likely to be from the Perdana and Jerong classes. The boats of the Perdana class which entered service around 1973 are KD Perdana, KD Serang, KD Ganas and KD Ganyang. These French built boats were originally fitted with Thomson-CSF air and surface radars, Thomson- CSF Pollux FCR used together with the Vega Optical device and Kelvin Hughes I-band navigation radars.

Since entering service in 1973 until early 2000s, Perdana class main armaments were the MM38 Exocet SSMs but now like the Handalan class boats, they are only armed with guns. In their case its the 57mm and 40mm guns.

Unlike the Perdana and Handalan-class which were armed with missiles and guns, the 45 metre Jerong class were ordered with guns only, 57mm forward and 40mm aft. It was for this reason they had always been designated as gun-armed FACs only.


KD Paus 3507 (photo : nosint)

The Jerong class were built locally at the former Hong Leong Lurssen shipyard in Butterworth in the mid-70s even as the four-Handalan class FACs were ordered. The six-class boats were fitted with the Decca 1226 navigation radar and the Naja Optronic director used with WM28 fire control radar.

The ships of the Jerong class are KD Jerong, KD Todak, KD Paus, KD Yu, KD Baung and KD Pari. The last ship became infamous a few years ago when it sunk as it was preparing to leave its moorings due to a shaft failure. Initially it was thought that the ship will be struck off but it was repaired and returned into service a few months after the incident.

The RMN operates three type of FACs with different equipment since 40 years ago. Yes, even in the 70s, we had spread our arms procurement, far and wide – “the More the Merrier” policy, as shown by the diverse hulls and equipment operated by the RMN.

However two things remained constant, fortunately, the engine and guns, at least for the FAC fleet. The engine of choice for RMN was decidedly German, specifically MTU.

As for the guns, it was Bofors all the way. Both the guns, the 57mm and 40mm remained in service until today unlike the French guns we bought in the 80s (Kasturi and Marikh classes).

(Malaysian Defence)

9 komentar:

  1. Ini mungkin keterpaksaan kerna selama ini konsentrasi malaysia hanya pada kapal berbobot besar dan canggih hinga mengenepikan kapal kapal fast attack yg seharus nya jugak d beri pertimbangan utk pembinaan nya...show of presence memang amat d butuhkan sekali....dari pada nungu kapal cangih mending pakae aja dulu kapal kapal lama yg de upgrade sistem nya

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  2. Mau mengharapkan apmm nya jugak engak bs kerna semua kapal nya ada lah kapal usia lanjut yg d hibah dari agensi agensi kelautan lain...ini yg d katakan engak mau siap sedia sblum ujan...udah kepepet mau ngising baru mau cari tandas nya...d gali lobang pon engak apa yg penting ngising loh...perinsip tetanga kta

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    1. Relek ko bro, APMM malaysia tahun 2016 akan membina 2 kapal corvette 80 meter dan 6 kapal 40 meter. Pertambahan dan pengantian ini akan terus berlanjut tahunx2 akan datang. Untuk TLDM, sesuai dgn statement panglima. Kedepan TLDM hanya akan mengoperasikan 5 type kapal sahaja. Frigate, Corvette, MPSS, Patrol vessel dan penyapu ranjau dan itu akan ditambah bilangan nya.. Setelah tahun 2020 TLDM x akan menggunakan FAC lagi. Fokus TLDM akan berperanan menjaga di luar perairan EEZ 200 batu nautika dari garis pantai. Untuk APPM fokus pada perairan di bawah EEZ, tujuan supaya tidak tumpang tindih seperti skrng.

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  3. Hadohh ....ini kapal kcr 45 m malaysia navy di buat saya bellom di produksi suddah usur haha...tapi ga paa yg paling utama malysia navy tetap tampil walau sekedar ikut ikutan mirip indonesia saman dektator harto duluu .cuma kalau di indonesia kapal kcr tua sudah pensiun semua alias sudah di ganti kcr class 60 meter dan kcr 40 m buatan pt pal dan pt batam .

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    1. Ini kapal FAC TLDM sama dgn umur kapal indonesia parchim class corvette yg di beli bekas dari jerman timur, dibuat tahun 1970, dan dibeli oleh indonesia tahun 1981 dan smpi skrng masih dioperasikan lagi.

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    2. @muarif: emang lo kira kelas parchim sama fatahillah bikinan tahun brapa? Kalo ga tau apa2 mending ga usah ngomong deh.. malu2in bangsa indonesia aja lo.

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  4. Nash bukan aku mau jelekin malaysia klu mau nungu 2020 baru ada kapal baru waduh lanun berluasa loh mas....mangka nya tldm kepepet maksud engak...sekira nya tldm bersiap secara bertahap dari kemarin engak lah begini jd nya loh mas

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    1. Yaaa kita bukan jelek jelek in malaysia tidak lah ...cuma alngkah baik nya yg kurang baik jangan di tutupi supaya bisa di perbaiki ...bagus malaysia navy kerja sama pt pal supaya malaysia bisa lebih dekat lagi dengan negara melayu indonesia . Jangan kalah sama philipina sudah kerja sama yata dengan pt pal bikin kapal perang besar .

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    2. Yaaa kita bukan jelek jelek in malaysia tidak lah ...cuma alngkah baik nya yg kurang baik jangan di tutupi supaya bisa di perbaiki ...bagus malaysia navy kerja sama pt pal supaya malaysia bisa lebih dekat lagi dengan negara melayu indonesia . Jangan kalah sama philipina sudah kerja sama yata dengan pt pal bikin kapal perang besar .

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