Malaysia signed deal for UK made SAMs

SHAH ALAM: Malaysia has signed the deal for the procurement of UK-made, Thales Starstreak V-Shorads, ahead of the official visit of the British Prime Minister on  Thursday.

Industry sources told Malaysian Defence that the deal involved Global Komited Sdn Bhd which will supply the GM-M1 vehicles and Thales UK, the producer of the Starstreak V-Shorads. The deal will also include light weight multiple launchers, radars and command and control system.

A Weststar GK-M1 Weapon Platform fitted with Thales Starstreak launcher. The picture was first published in Weststar in mid-2014 probably during the firing trials. Weststar photo
A Weststar GK-M1 Weapon Platform fitted with Thales Starstreak launcher. The picture was first published in Weststar in mid-2014 probably during the firing trials. Weststar photo

The deal is reportedly worth around RM500 million though numbers of missiles and launchers procured are unknown.

Another angle of the GK-M1 with the Thales Starstreak platform showing the three missile launchers.
Another angle of the GK-M1 with the Thales Starstreak platform showing the three missile launchers.

Global Komited, a subsidiary of Weststar Group and Thales signed the agreement to market the Starstreak system to the Malaysian Armed Forces at  DSA 2014.

The Starstreak will replace the Thales Starbust V-Shorads which had been used in the air defence of military bases. GAPU requirements for a similar system and MR-SAM, however, have yet to be fulfilled.

The view of the Starstreak gunner.
The view of the Starstreak gunner.

As the signing today is for the LOA, the  LOI for the deal would have been signed much earlier but was kept under wraps until today.
David Cameron, the UK PM will be in Kuala Lumpur Thursday for a 12 hour visit, the last leg of his  South East Asia tour and the first to the region since his recent re-election.

Weststar Instagram page confirming the Starstreak deal
Weststar Instagram page confirming the Starstreak deal

The Starstreak deal is the only defence item procured during the visit. As of Aug 2, no official announcement of the deal have yet to be made by the parties involved in the deal apart from an Instagram photo and caption published by Weststar Group (above).
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–Malaysian Defence

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