Malaysian defence company DRB-Hicom Defence Technologies (Deftech) has earmarked Denel as its technology partner for systems integration and the joint manufacture of turrets for a new infantry fighting vehicle for the Malaysian Armed Forces.
The New Strait Times in Singapore reports Deftech will build 257 of the 8×8 vehicles will cost the government eight billion Malaysian ringit or 3.436 billion Singapore dollars (about ZAR18.5 billion) and is based on the Turkish FNSS Pars (Anatolian Leopard). The value of the SA share of the work was not disclosed.
Malaysian Minister of Defence Abdullah Bin Ahmad Badawi yesterday handed over a Letter of Intent (LoI) to Deftech for the supply of vehicles at a ceremony at the 12th Defence Services Asia (DSA) Expo in Kuala Lumpur. Denel, in a media statement, says the letter serves to confirm Malaysia’s intention to buy the vehicle over seven year period. Other technology partners selected for the programme include FNSS from Turkey for the vehicle and Sapura Thales Electronics (STE) for the communication equipment on the vehicles. Deftech itself is a wholly owned subsidiary of the DRB-HICOM Berhad consortium that is traded on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange. Deftch is today one of the main suppliers of defence, security and commercial vehicles to the Malaysian Armed Forces and other government and quasi-government agencies.
Denel says Deftech has “in turn handed over a LoI to Denel as a technology partner for the joint manufacture of turrets and for the systems integration of the programme. Accepting the LoI on behalf of Denel, Stephan Burger, CE of Denel Land Systems, a division of Denel, said the company was honoured to be selected as technology partner for the turrets and as system integrator for the programme. “This is an indication that Deftech has confidence in Denel’s capabilities. This is also good news for the Denel Group as the programme extends to other Denel business entities such as Denel Dynamics for the Ingwe Missiles and PMP for ammunition.”
The company adds improved access to sustainable international markets are part of Denel’s revised strategy and the LoI is further proof that Denel is achieving its objective. “The Malaysian requirements include the localisation of the products offered. The programme has synergies with the South African Badger [Project Hoefyster] programme and is thus beneficial to the SA defence industry, the SA Army, as well as the Malaysian defence industry and armed forces.
Pic: The FNSS Pars 8×8