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2018-05-02

DSA 2018 Brings the West to Asian Markets

From its humble beginnings in the 1980s, Defence Services Asia (DSA) has evolved to become the premier event in the security and defense industry. A record 1,500 exhibitors from 60 countries participated in this year’s four-day show, held for the first time at MITEC and attracting some 50,000 visitors from 70 countries. 
This year, the fusion of NATSEC Asia 2018 and DSA 2018 symbolised the strong cooperation between the military, police and other security agencies. The Network Centric Operations (NCO) demonstration at the Army Pavilion forged in particular new and mutually-beneficial collaborations between the public and private sectors. 
As Malaysia’s Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein confirms: “I believe this unified and holistic approach in upholding national security and public safety is where our future lies.”
 
 
DSA’s key participants
Prominent international companies attending were ADS UK, Aimpoint, Airbus, Armscor, Avibras, BAE Systems, Boeing, Brahmos, CETC, CPMIEC, CSTS/CSSC, Denel, DSME, Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), EID, Expal, GIDS, Glock, Kongsberg, Korea Defense Industry Association (KDIA), Leonardo, L-3 TRL Technology, MBDA, Nammo, Naval Group, Nexter, Pyser-SGI (Asia), Raytheon, Renault, RheinMetall AG, Rosoboronexport, Ruag, Russian Technologies, SASTIND, SSM (Turkish Industry Association), Team Defense Australia, Thales and UKTI-DSO.
 
 
The following local companies also provided a major presence: AVP Engineering, Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad (BHIC), Destini Berhad, DRB-Hicom Defense Technologies (Deftech), Muhibbah Engineering, Rohde & Schwarz Malaysia, Sapura, SME Ordnance, System Consultancy Services (SCS) and Weststar Group.
 
 
Hensoldt Sensor Technologies
Formed from Airbus’ security and defense electronics operations, leading independent sensor house Hensoldt presented a broad range of reconnaissance and intelligence technology in Kuala Lumpur. “We bring together all the essential sensor technologies providing our customers with information superiority any time,” explained CEO Thomas Müller.
Hensoldt’s SharpEye Doppler radar is central to the Kelvin Hughes portfolio, providing small target detection in clutter environments to protect helicopters, wide-body and fighter aircraft. The TRS-4D naval radar is currently installed on new German Navy frigates, while the TRML-3D land-based air defense and the MK11 navigation radar are destined for US Navy littoral combat ships. 
 
 
Hesoldt introduced the ARGOS-II HD as a multi-sensor system for airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, fitted with High Definition (HD) infrared and daylight cameras alongside laser rangefinders and laser illuminators. The SERO250 submarine periscope was presented as a powerful combination of optronic devices constituting an optimal solution for retrofit programs, while Hensoldt introduced the Sferion pilot assistance system, protecting helicopters in restricted visibility conditions and preventing the most significant causes of non-hostile losses.
 
 
TRD Drone Jammer 
Singapore-based Tiny Red Dot Consultancy (TRD) announced its maiden participation with a first-of-its-kind man-pack drone detection-and-defeat system and the Orion vehicle-mounted integrated anti-drone system comprising of an RF direction finder, radar, camera, jammer and command-and-control equipment uniquely capable of jamming a swarm of drones. The company manufactures anti-drone solutions for governments and a range of private sector security products based on the concepts of Deter, Detect, Defeat and Determine.  
 
 
Denel aims for ASEAN 
South Africa’s Denel Group is eyeing South-East Asia as the region starts re-equipping national defense forces for a changing security environment
Denel Dynamics has been active in Malaysia for 16 years and in March, the Malaysian Army conducted the first in-country firing trials of the ZT35 Ingwe antitank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle co-manufactured by Deftech (DRB-HICOM Defense Technologies). The R4-billion supply of 177 modular turrets to be fitted onto AVs is the largest export contract in Denel’s history.
 
 
New Techmash S-80FP 
Alongside its air bombs, artillery ammunition and shells for multiple launch rocket systems, Russia’s Techmash showcased its new S-80FP air-launched rocket designed to hit sole and multiple unarmoured or lightly-armoured military hardware and surface ships. According to Techmash, the S-80FP air-launched rocket is “unrivalled by the efficiency of its operation, operational reliability and safety. It has a firing range of up to six kilometers”.
The Russian defense manufacturer also demonstrated the RMG rocket-powered multipurpose grenade with a single-shot ODAB-500 PMV fuel-air explosive grenade launcher designed to be dropped from frontline aviation aircraft and helicopters on urban and rural field fortifications.
 
 
Al Seer’s USVs 
Al Seer Marine Technologies showcased a wide range of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), drawing interest from a high-level UAE military delegation by converting existing platforms into unmanned assets to operate as a manned or unmanned vessel. The Tamin Series was presented as an 11m interdiction platform with a top speed of 45 knots and cruise speed of 30 knots fitted with the Safe Stop device, which can incapacitate another boat by disabling the engine and electronics. 
Al Seer Marine also showcased its MCM (Mine Counter Measures) CAT Series Catamaran, operated in manned or unmanned modes with a composite hull design for exceptional maneuverability and long marine-based surveys. The 4M USV featured 21-hour endurance (at sentry speed) and a gasoline engine-powered range of 145 NM to undertake missions ranging from reconnaissance missions to harbour and ship security operations.
 
 
Australian firms target ASEAN 
Focused on exports to fast-growing ASEAN markets, Team Defense Australia showcased national defense capabilities with nine NSW (New South Wales) defense industry companies.
NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair said, “This trade show demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting businesses to access ASEAN markets and leverage the ASEAN Conference that was held in March in Sydney.” 
 
 
LWL12-A lightweight launcher 
Following the delivery of M260 rocket launchers to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in September 2017, Arnold Defense has growing interest in its LWL12-A lightweight launcher, light and heavy armed helicopters. 
The RMAF has now ordered six MD 530G armed scout helicopters and 10 M260 launchers, 7-round 2.75-inch (70mm) lightweight rocket launchers with an empty weight of 15.9 kg and 16kg rocket.
The LWL-12-A has the same height as the M260 launcher but, weighing only 39.5kg, carries 40 per cent more rockets and is now being used on larger attack helicopters for greater endurance missions. 
 
 
Malaysia invites Caesar trials
Nexter Systems’ Caesar 6X6 wheeled self-propelled gun will arrive in July for in-country firing trials. Jean-Michel Domitrovic, Executive Vice President International Business for Asia, confirms that “We will be displaying the Caesar in front of the Chief of Army and will conduct live mobility and firing trials in July for three weeks. We are confident in the reliability and performance of Caesar, so a single unit will perform the demonstrations over the entire duration.” 
 
 
Nexter’s LG1 artillery 
Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) will supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army in a contract signed with the Ministry of Defense on 18 April at DSA 2018. The integration and maintenance of the guns will be carried out by ADS and include the supply of fully digitised 105 LG1 Mk III Light Guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer (for use at battery level) and a first batch of 105 mm high-explosive, base-bleed, extended-range G3 ammunition (105 mm HE BB ER G3).
 
 
Caracal eyes regional sales
Abu Dhabi-based small arms manufacturer Caracal, part of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), is expanding its presence with the .338 caliber sniper rifle, ordered by the German Army in 2017 and, with the 7.62mm assault rifle, now considered by militaries world over.
According to Hamad Salem Al Ameri, Chief Executive Officer: “The company is showcasing its new CMP-9 submachine gun for a Malaysian requirement and four different models are on display. It is a modern weapon that chambers a 9x19mm caliber bullet and features a modern design and construction with a bolt that extends over the barrel for good weight distribution and weapon control with rear ambidextrous charging handle and traditional AR style fire control.”
 
 
Wildcat’s Malaysia debut 
Leonardo’s AW159 Wildcat helicopter was debuted in Malaysia in contention for the Royal Malaysian Navy’s requirement for more anti-submarine helicopters, performing demonstration flights at Lumut Naval Base in the presence of the Malaysian Defense Minister, Chief of Defense Force and Chief of Navy. It features a comprehensive suite of Anti-Submarine Warfare and Anti-Surface Warfare weapon systems, thus providing operational capability for small ship deployment.
 
 
New Mirach drone 
Leonardo announced that the newest entry to the successful ‘Mirach’ drone family, the M-40 target drone, has received operational clearance from the Italian Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA). Designed to simulate enemy threats and allow air, naval and ground forces to train with air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, the M-40 offers Mirach 100/5 performance but at a significantly reduced cost.
The M-40 can realistically imitate a variety of aircraft and missiles, including radar, infrared (IR) and visual threats while performing very low-altitude sea skimming missions, tight formation flights and high-G maneuvers. Already exported to more than 16 international Armed Forces and now available for Asian-Pacific export users, the M-40 is powered by a single-engine and will deliver significant savings to future operators via a more-than-useful endurance of an hour.
 
 
Land and Sea Ceptor 
MBDA’s ground-based air defense Land Ceptor system and Sea Ceptor air defense system face growing demand for naval platforms from ASEAN countries, with Malaysia in particular having an upcoming need for next generation missile systems able to counter the latest air threats in the region. 
MBDA’s CAMM is a highly compact missile enabling multiple weapons to be fitted in limited spaces. The powerful rocket motor doubles the Seawolf’s range, while an active radar-seeker allows the missile to engage targets without the need for complex and costly target illuminators.
 
 
BAE Systems in Malaysia
BAE Systems is extending the company’s continuing engagement in promoting the Eurofighter Typhoon for the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) to land systems and naval domains, as well as emerging opportunities to supply artillery systems and cyber defense. John Brosnan, BAE Systems’ Managing Director for Southeast Asia, stated that Typhoon will meet a longstanding requirement in the RMAF to procure a replacement multirole combat aircraft for its ageing fleet of MiG-29s.
 
 
GA-ASI’s SeaGuardian  
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems’ MQ-9B SeaGuardian is attracting interest from potential ASEAN operators as the latest Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) used across many critical missions. MQ-9B has the capability to deliver intelligence through high-definition, full-motion electro-optical video, mapping radar, signals intelligence, electronic support measures or maritime surveillance sensors, while being designed to operate outside military-controlled airspace.
SeaGuardian’s 360-degree multi-mode maritime radar has already been fielded on the U.S. GA-ASI Predator B aircraft. It can be fitted to the centerline hardpoint and support a host of maritime radars to facilitate long-range surveillance, coastal surveillance, small target detection and search-and-rescue operations, including the Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder to aid maritime-configured aircraft in the positive identification of vessels.
 
 
Malaysian Navy’s NSM order
Norwegian company Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace has signed a EUR124 million (USD153 million) contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of NSM for the six Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) currently being built for the RMN. NSMs have a minimum range of 3 km (1.5 n miles) and a maximum operational range of 200 km (108 n miles), extended to 250 km (135 n miles) through minor modifications and a different flight profile, armed with a TDW IM-compliant titanium-cased penetrating blast and controlled fragmentation warhead weighing 120 kg.
 
 
Korean-Deftech unmanned systems 
Korean Air’s Aerospace Division (KAL-ASD) has entered into partnership with Malaysian company DRB-Hicom Defense Technologies (Deftech) to manufacture and market unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF). They will transfer technologies and knowhow for production of several KAL-ASD-designed and development systems, including the Korean Unmanned System (KUS)-FS medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, the KUS-FT tactical UAV, the KUS-VH vertical helicopter, the KUS-VT tiltrotor and the KUS-HD hybrid drone multicopter. 
 

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