Super Typhoon Haiyan: Medical Reliefs To Be Flown By RMAF Aircraft

Medical reliefs worth RM 73,000 is expected to be delivered to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines by the end of the month during which the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (PBSM) would conduct the Haiyan Humanitarian Assistance Mission.

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These medical reliefs include antibiotics, vitamin C as well as other medicine which will be enough for 2,000 victims. These relief would be flown to the Philippines via a humanitarian flight to be conducted by the RMAF.

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BRIDEX 2013: Brunei Orders 4 Anoas?

Indonesian media reports said that Brunei is ordering four PT PINDAD built APS-3 Anoa 6×6 Armoured Personnel Carrier. The announcement was made by the representative of Indonesia’s Minister of Defence, Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin during his visit to BRIDEX 2013. (here)

It has been reported by the Jakarta Post on September 2, 2011, that Brunei is set to purchase 35 Anoas from PT PINDAD.

The report quoting Indonesian Defence Ministry spokesman Sr Comr Hartind Asrin said Brunei ‘s first purchase would comprise 15 units of Pindad’s 6×6 Anoa panzers.

The APC vehicle participated in the land demonstration during BRIDEX 2011 held in July.

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The Brunei government has also expressed interests in purchasing weapons including SS2 assault rifles but has decided to test them first, said Hartind.

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BRIDEX 2013: IAe Promotes CN-235-220 PATMAR and CN-295

Realising the fact that TUDB is one its ASEAN operators for the CN-235 transport aircraft, the Indonesian Aerospace (IAe) has flown in to if its new products namely the CN-235-220 PATMAR maritime patrol aircraft and the CN-295 tactical transport aircraft to Brunei, both of which are being produced in its facility in Bandung, Indonesia, as part of its effort to promote the two aircraft to this country.

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The CN-295 which participate in the event is operated by TNI-AU’s SkU 2 “Kuda Terbang” at Halim Perdanakusuma AFB while the CN-235-220 PATMAR is one of those currently operated by TNI-AL’s DISNERBAL squadron, RON 800. This is the first time the PATMAR made its appearance in international event.

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“We hope that the quality aircraft that we produce will be able to cater the need of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces,’’ said Budi Santoso, the President Director of IAe.

He explained that during the surveillance activity, the aircraft that can carry a maximum air load capacity of 5.8 tonnes, usually has two sets of air crew comprising 10 to 12 personnel on board.

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IAe CN-235-220 PATMAR

CN-235-220 PATMAR is being promoted as the platform which assume the role of border and maritime resource protection, fishery survey, anti-smuggling, and immigration control as well as detecting suspicious activities on rugged and inaccessible land border.

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BRIDEX 2013: Viking Air

Canadian aircraft maker Viking Air is open to the possibility of outsourcing the manufacturing of aircraft parts in Brunei to serve the region in the future.

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Nevertheless, when more Viking airplanes come into the region, it would be sensible to nominate a local facility or service centre. To date, Malaysia Airlines’ subsidiary MASWings operates 6 Viking Air DHC-6-400NG Twin Otter aircraft to replace the elderly -300 variants.

The air branch of the Vietnamese People’s Navy also operate 6 DHC-6-400 Guardian, a maritime patrol version of the new-generation Twin Otter, equipped with floats.

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“Viking got started in the commercial aircraft field by building spare parts…so before it acquired the rights to build the aircraft, we were supplying spare parts,” Richard Libby, the company’s director said.

“It makes sense to have spare parts, a good supply of spare parts locally so the airlines, the military and the operators, don’t have to wait for parts to come from Canada if we’re already here.”

Such arrangement would only be possible if the number of Viking aircraft is significant in the region, he said.

“A lot of airplanes are coming to this region. It’s tremendously important for us to make sure those airplanes are supported properly so you never know, maybe there is an opportunity in Brunei,” he said.

Libby said that his firm was open to discuss the possibility with its Bruneian counterpart here.

“If there is a willingness from Brunei to invest into those kinds of facilities, to manufacture parts and that sort of thing, then we will be certainly very happy to come and discuss the possibility of outsourcing parts here,” he said.

The director is currently in Brunei to represent his company at the Brunei International Defence Exhibition (BRIDEX) 2013.

Libby said that most of the aircraft built by Viking Air are designed for challenging terrains and would best serve the military and humanitarian support organisations.

“That is why our main target market here is the military while we still remain open to the commercial market if there is demand,” he said.

Based in Canada, Viking Air is a manufacturer of aircraft and aircraft parts and systems.

The company, which began producing the first generation of the DHC-6 Twin Otter in the 1960s, is currently producing new versions of the aircraft.

It also builds upgraded versions of the DHC-2 Beaver, spare parts for older de Havilland Canada aircraft and components for Bell Helicopter Textron.

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Deluge Season 2013: MERCY and BSMM

The Malaysian Red Crescent (BSMM) will be sending its Relief Team of eight members, comprising staff and volunteers to help at the evacuation centres in Kuantan, Pahang.

Its director of operations, disaster management and emergency ambulance services, Hajjah Shamsiah A. Kadir said the team will bring along three tonnes of relief items, like rice, biscuits, canned food, instant noodles, and blankets.

“The team will also bring along two boats to help distribute relief items to victims,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mercy Malaysia deployed a team of 14 volunteers and dispatched a mobile clinic to Kuantan on December 5 in response to the worsening flood situation there.

Its president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus said the volunteers, including doctors and nurses who would be staying in Kuantan for about two to three days would provide medical aid to the victims.

He said they would also provide hygiene education and distribute 500 hygiene kits to the evacuees.
“Each hygiene kit contains the necessary items for a family of five, which includes toiletries, slippers, underwears, a five litre water bucket and garbage bags.

“It is essential to maintain good personal hygiene to prevent waterborne diseases, which predominantly are transmitted through contact with or consumption of infected water,” he told.

He added that Mercy would be packing another 500 hygiene kits to be distributed to other affected states.

Asked on plans to deploy volunteers to Johor and Terengganu, Ahmad Faizal said they were working closely with the National Security Council (MKN) who would notify them on places which require additional help.

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BrahMos Cruise Missiles For Vietnamese Flankers?

Looking to increase defence cooperation with India, Vietnam has requested New Delhi for provivion of conversion training to Vietnamese pilots to fly the Su-30 MRCA.

Vietnam formally requested India to supply the Indo-Russian BrahMos cruise missiles at a meeting in New Delhi.

Informal negotiations had been going between the countries for the Indian-made BrahMos missiles. Vietnam’s interest was renewed as a plan between Russia and the country to jointly produce a modified anti-ship missile is moving a slow pace. While Moscow and Hanoi to develop a joint missile analogous to Russia’s Kh-35 Uran, using BrahMos as a model, Vietnam is looking at India to supply the missiles to meet its immediate requirement. It remains unclear whether India will be able to supply the missiles in the near future.

India would be ready to supply the missiles, as it was looking for international buyers and countries like Malaysia and Indonesia had already expressed interests. New Delhi was also ready to provide training for Vietnamese pilots but were cautious about further military cooperation keeping the China factor in mind. Beijing has been viewing India’s growing presence in Vietnam with a degree of suspicion. India and Vietnam have traditionally maintained friendly and cordial relations and leading analysts suggest that the countries could be at the forefront of a new kind of non-aligned movement.

BrahMos cruise missiles have been adopted by India’s Army and the Navy’s surface ships. The IAF has also ordered a batch of land-based missiles. Work is also underway to adapt the missile to Sukhoi/HAL Su-30MKI MRCA operated by the IAF.

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The VPAF had recently exercised a follow-on order for another dozen of the Su-30 MRCAs in order to complement its existing 36 Flankers of various variants already in service (24 Su-30MK2V, 7 Su-27SK, 3 Su-27UBK and 2 Su-27PU).

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Deluge Season 2013: More SMART Teams Deployed

The National Security Council (MKN) deployed four more SMART teams on December 6 to Terengganu and Pahang to help in flood evacuation and rescue in the states.It has already deployed a team on December 4 to Kemaman, Terengganu to help in the search and rescue effort. (here)

Its secretary Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab said one team will be based in Kemaman, Terengganu, and three in Kuantan, Pahang.

Mohamed Thajudeen said there were now five teams of 104 members operating on the ground in the flood prone areas. One of the teams based in Kuantan would be in charge of food distribution there.

He said MKN had made provisions to get extra food supply due to the increase in the number of flood victims.

“It’s good that several non-governmental organisations have come forward to help.

“Putera 1Malaysia Club (KP1M) will be sending 11 containers of food items and medicines, while Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) donated one tonne of rice to victims in Kuantan.”

Mohamed Thajudeen said Kuantan alone had about 22,000 and needed a lot of aid.

“We did not send any SMART team to Johor as the condition there is still under control,” he said, adding that there was no shortage of food supply at the moment.

He said food was distributed to the affected areas in big trucks and helicopters. (here, here and here)

“Food items were flown in to Kemaman from Kuala Terengganu in a helicopter. (here)

“In Sekolah Menengah Belukar, Kuantan, food supply got cut off because the surrounding area was flooded, obstructing big trucks from going in.

“The military and air force cooperated by winching down food supply as the helicopter couldn’t land.”

He also noted that various NGOs and government agencies, including the police, RELA, and civil defence department assisted in monitoring the situation. (here)

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New Radar To Be Installed at Pulau Jarak

The government plans to build two more radar stations in the Straits of Melaka to increase surveillance and enforcement along the stretch of water.

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Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the two radar stations would be built in Pulau Jarak, Perak, and Pulau Perak, Kedah.

“Currently, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has nine radars in the Straits of Melaka which carry out surveillance and relay information to the agency’s vessels and patrol boats on other boats which raise suspicion.

“However, there are areas in the Melaka Straits that are not covered by the nine radars,” he said.

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Deluge Season 2013: Hardworking Cougars

The RMAF’s Ops Murni continues with its two EC725 AP Super Cougar CSAR helicopters had fly in 2,083 kg of food supplies to the victims in two separate flood evacuation centers in Pahang.

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Over 1,102 kg of reliefs being transported to an evacuation center in SMK Sungai Isap Murni where 4,000 victims are being located. Also part of the flight was the Mentri Besar of Pahang and a group of media workers.

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Another helicopter had flew to the Penor Prison and brought reliefs to be distributed to evacuation centers surrounding the area.

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As roads have been flooded and most places have been cut off, helicopters were used to transport these reliefs.

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Report: North Korea recalls ambassador to Malaysia

North Korea’s ambassador to Malaysia, a relative of leader Kim Jong-un, has been recalled just days after the young supremo’s uncle was apparently ousted in a leadership purge, according to a report.

The South’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that it believed Kim’s uncle and political regent Jang Song Thaek had been removed and two associates executed.

Now Jang’s nephew Jang Yong Chol, the North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, is believed to have been called back to Pyongyang, an intelligence source in Bejing told Yonhap news agency.

The ambassador’s wife and two sons were spotted on December 5 before boarding an Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang in China’s north-eastern city of Shenyang, Yonhap said, citing multiple witnesses.

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