SHAH ALAM: More details have emerged of the Starstreak SAM deal which was signed in July at the current DSEI show in London.
It appears that we bought the same set-up as the Indonesian armed forces back in 2014, though it is likely that the numbers between the two services may vary. No word on the cost for the Malaysian deal however. The Indonesian one reportedly costs 100 million pounds or RM680 million.
It also appears that the Vamtac will be used for the RapidRanger turret while the RapidRover will be used on Global Komited GK-M1 vehicle.
Malaysia is also the first customer for the Lightweight Multiple Launcher New Generation (LML NG). The LML NG system can be used on a tripod or vehicle mount and supports swift deployment of STARStreak and/or the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) systems.
The system provides two ready to fire missiles, allowing it to handle saturation air
attacks or provide a complimentary surface to surface capability.
“Thales announced at DSEI that it has signed a contract with Global Komited, a company within The Weststar Group, to supply the Malaysian Armed Forces with ForceSHIELD, the Thales integrated Advanced Air Defence system.
In addition to the STARStreak missiles, the system comprises CONTROLMaster 200 radar and weapon coordination systems, RAPIDRanger and RAPIDRover mobile weapon systems and the Next Generation Lightweight Multiple Launcher, as well as associated communications.
The STARStreak missiles and launcher systems are manufactured in Thales’s facility in Belfast and the CONTROLMaster by Thales in France. This significant purchase by the Malaysian Armed Forces will increase jobs in Belfast and develop high value added jobs and skills set in Malaysia through a programme of technology transfer.
The purchase of ForceSHIELD will enable the Malaysian Armed Forces to replace and enhance the previously commissioned Thales STARBurst missile system, which has been in service since the mid 1990’s.
The STARStreak missile utilises the proven principle of ‘high velocity’ to defeat threats with short unmasking times. The three-dart configuration maximizes lethality and the highly accurate laser beam riding guidance enables engagement of small signature targets.
Victor Chavez, CEO of Thales UK, said: “I am delighted that another country has decided to buy ForceSHIELD. This latest-generation sensors to effectors solution will give Malaysia a world class, cutting edge capability. Increasing our export sales is a key part of Thales’ growth strategy and today’s news marks another milestone.”
“I am delighted that Weststar and Thales have agreed to work together to supply the STARStreak missile system to the Malaysian Armed Forces. This is an excellent example of companies sharing technology to support the ongoing modernisation of the country’s Armed Forces. I very much value our Defence relationship with Malaysia and look forward to working with their government and Armed Forces as part of our enduring Defence cooperation”, said Philip Dunne, Minister of State for Defence Procurement.
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