Kapal Diraja (KD) Kasturi dan KD Lekiu milik Tentera Laut Diraja
Malaysia (TLDM) memulakan pelayaran ke koridor selatan malam ini untuk
menyertai misi mencari dan menyelamat (SAR) pesawat Malaysia Airlines
MH370.

Panglima Armada Laksamana Madya Datuk Abdul Hadi A. Rashid berkata dua
kapal itu merupakan kumpulan ketiga aset TLDM bagi misi antarabangsa
selepas KD Selangor, KD Kelantan, KD Terengganu dan KD Pahang.

“Kita akan menjalankan misi SAR di koridor selatan dan selatan
Christmas Island. Kita akan menumpukan di titik-titik yang telah kita
tentukan aset-aset kita akan melaksanakan tanggungjawab itu dengan
merangkumi pelayaran sehingga 1,800 batu nautika,” katanya kepada
pemberita selepas menyempurnakan pelepasan KD Kasturi dan KD Lekiu di
Jeti Operasi, pangkalan TLDM di sini.

Kesemua aset TLDM akan bertemu dan bergabung dengan aset-aset negara
lain yang menyertai misi itu bagi tujuan yang sama dengan pembahagian
kawasan bagi rondaan SAR secara bersama, katanya.

Beliau berkata tumpuan kesemua kapal TLDM dengan kekuatan 560 warganya
adalah pencarian di permukaan lautan koridor selatan yang meliputi
Lautan Hindi dan bergabung dengan aset udara.

“Apabila dua aset udara Super Lynx dan satu Fennec kita membuat
rondaan pencarian, aset kapal akan sentiasa berhubung dengan mereka
memandangkan aset udara boleh meliputi kawasan yang lebih luas dan
lebih jauh dalam tempoh singkat. Kelengkapan radar dan komunikasi yang
baik serta pengesan bawah air atau sonar juga akan membantu kita,”
katanya.

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Pada ana, TLDM sekadar jalan-jalan cari makan sahajalah. Tak keluar
rasa malu. Maka, keluarkanlah juga kapal-kapal yang ada kononnya untuk
mencari MH370.

Kalau nak banding dengan kemampuan kapal asing, rasanya memang cukup
jauh kemampuan kita ini. Jauh bro.

Republic of Singapore Air Force
1 x S-70B Seahawk, naval helicopter aboard Steadfast
2 x C-130 Hercules

Republic of Singapore Navy
1 x RSS Steadfast, stealth frigate
1 x RSS Vigour, missile corvette. Includes Scan Eagle UAV
1 x Swift Rescue, submarine rescue vessel, includes deep-diving submersible
Naval Diving Unit aboard Swift Rescue

Formidable missiles

The frigate is armed with the Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface
anti-ship missile. The Harpoon missile has a range of 130km and uses
active radar guidance. The missile is armed with a 227kg warhead.

“The frigate is armed with the Boeing Harpoon surface-to-surface
anti-ship missile.”
The frigate is fitted with the DCNS Sylver vertical launch system with
MBDA Aster 15 surface-to-air missiles. There are four eight-cell
SYLVER A43 launch modules with 32 missiles. The two-stage Aster
missile is a high-agility and high-manoeuvrability defence missile for
deployment against incoming sea skimming anti-ship missiles which use
evasive terminal manoeuvres and re-attack modes. In anti-missile mode
the Aster 15 has a range of 15km. Aster also provides protection
against manned and unmanned aircraft to a range of 30km.

Gun

The main gun is the Oto Melara 76mm / 62 Super Rapid gun which fires
6kg shells to a range of 16km at a firing rate up to 120 rounds a
minute.

Anti-submarine warfare

The EDO Model 980 ALOFTS active low-frequency towed sonar provides
long-range detection and classification capability against submarines.
ALOFTS comprises a variable depth sonar (VDS) towed body with a towed
array. The frigate has two triple-barrelled lightweight torpedo
launchers and is armed with the Eurotorp A244S torpedo.

Frigate aircraft capacities

The frigate has the capacity to operate a single medium-size
helicopter in the 10t class. The helicopter deck at the stern,
approximately 22m×16m (360m²), has a single landing spot. The hangar
is fully equipped with helicopter support and maintenance systems. The
frigate carries an additional 15 aircrew for helicopter flight
operations.

The Republic of Singapore Air Force will fly the shipborne helicopter
and helicopter mission crew will be from the Republic of Singapore
Navy. In January 2005, MINDEF placed an order for six Sikorsky S-70B
Seahawk helicopters to operate from the frigates.

Sensors

The Herakles multi-function radar, supplied by Thales, is the
frigate’s primary surveillance radar. The phased array radar is a
passive, three-dimensional, search and fire control radar operating
over E and F bands. The radar, installed in a radome on top of the
main mast, carries out long-range air and surface surveillance and
weapon control. The Herakles radar is integrated with the Aster air
defence missile system.

The frigates surface search and navigation radar is the Terma Scanter
2001, operating at I-band.