KUALA LUMPUR: MINDEF has extended the closing date for the Nuri Replacement Programme by one month as confirmed by the link below:
1. KP(PERO 3)F/T 521/2007 For The Supply And Delivery Of Twelve (12) Units Of Utility
Helicopters With Search And Rescue (SAR) Capability, Spares, Tools, Test Equipment,
Publications, Training And Technical Services To The Government Of Malaysia
Tarikh Tutup bagi tawaran tersebut telah dipinda daripada 08.01.2008 kepada 12.02.2008
The tender closing date is now extended to Feb 2, 2008. There is no reason stated for the extension although there was a briefing for the companies interested in the programme. during LIMA.
The media was not allowed to stay for the briefing although a big sign was placed on the door, located next to the aerospace media centre. I had managed to sneak in but a jerk from a Singapore, who was chased out by MINDEF officials forced me to leave the room before I was unmasked as a reporter!
Interestingly, one participant later said it was not too illuminating and nothing new was revealed at the briefing. The guy who said this was probably correct to say this as he had been with close contacts with military officials involved in the tender exercise. I will post the inside news after boxing day as I am busy with a few things at the moment.
Anyway the extension meant that my prediction about the winner of the tender will be announced during DSA in April is now totally unrealistic. Probably what will happened during DSA is that they will announced the two shortlisted candidates.
For me the two shortlisted candidates will be the Eurocopter 725 and the AW101. After that its a different ball game!