SHAH ALAM: A lot more NLAWs. As you are aware, Malaysian Defence had written about the Army procuring NLAW from Saab since before the pandemic. The disclosure came through two MTO notices published in 2018 and 2019. However, the procurement was never acknowledged publicly, by the Army and Saab themselves. Malaysian Defence however has confirmed with various sources of the procurement though.
However, we have not seen the NLAW making its public debut, not even at the annual Army live firing exercises though the pandemic may have something to do with it. Anyhow, the appearance of a NLAW training round at a recent ceremony was the clearest indication that the anti-tank weapon is in service with the Army.
According, to the Stockholm International Peace Institute (Sipri), Malaysia had procured 500 NLAWs from Sweden. The weapons, according to the SIPRI database were delivered in two batches in 2017 and 2019, which corresponded to the MTO tender published earlier.
Well, I understand that Sipri database might not be totally accurate, the fact that it is operating in Sweden might gave it a better insight into the weapons its own country exported and their recipients.
If the numbers of NLAW as stated by Sipri is correct, it is likely we will soon see it in action soon. In the next edition of the Army live firing exercise in Gemas next year.
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