European missile major MBDA, which has a long-standing presence in Malaysia, is displaying a wide variety of new generation weaponry, at the ongoing airshow, that it believes are a perfect fit for Malaysian requirements.
While the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), presently does not operate any MBDA weapon system, the company has proposed a full suite of capabilities for the short-listed MRCA contenders, including – Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), Storm Shadow, Brimstone, Marte ER and SPEAR on Eurofighter Typhoon and Meteor, MICA RF/IR, SCALP and Exocet for Rafale.
“With between 3 to 5 times larger “no-escape-zone” for threats than even the newest versions of AMRAAM (US), only Meteor can counter the latest threats,” Tim Riddle, MBDA’s Vice President of Export in Asia, tells Daily News.
“ASRAAM and Brimstone systems are also available to new hawk aircraft, if a combat role is required,” he adds. Brimstone has also been selected by the UK to arm their new Sky Guardian drones, so a fully integrated solution will soon become available.
MBDA is also offering its Sea Venom anti-ship missile to the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) as a replacement for the Sea Skua anti-ship missile. In the Surface-to-Air Domain, MBDA’s VL MICA (selected for the RMN LCSs) and Sea Ceptor is being offered for the Lekiu Frigate Ship Life-Extension Programme (SLEP) as a replacement for the Vertical Launch Sea Wolf.
The RMN already operates the Exocet on its Scorpene submarines, Frigates, Corvettes and missile boats. Ottomat and Aspide (latterly) are on the Laksamana Corvettes.
MBDA also supplied the Jernas Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) system to the Malaysian Army and is currently assisting the service in extending the life of the in-service equipment and offering the Enhanced Modular Air Defence System (EMADS) as a potential replacement.
The Army’s Paratroop Brigade has operated the MBDA Eryx anti-tank missile and the MMP 5th generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) is being touted as a potential replacement.