Malaysian naval chief says priority is upgrades, but ASW helos, corvettes on shopping list

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KUALA LUMPUR, -- The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) is prioritising upgrades and service life extension programmes (SLEP) over the next five years, although it is also seeking to buy anti-submarine warfare (ASW) helicopters and new corvettes, the service's chief has told IHS Jane's .

Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar said that during the 11th Malaysia Plan, which lays out the Malaysian government's fiscal spending plan for 2016-20, "the priority and the focus of the RMN is to ensure that our existing assets maintain its high degree of readiness in performing its operational duties in protecting the sovereignty of the nation."

This means that the emphasis will be on "upgrading and planning the Service Life Extension Programme of our existing frigates and corvettes", he said.

The Royal Malaysian Navy Super Lynx 300 Mk.100 naval helicopter. The RMN operated six Super Lynx aircraft by the Navy's 501 Squadron at Lumut Naval Base and are embarked on the service's Lekiu-class frigates.

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