SHAH ALAM: Ammo for Keris class, Part 2. Last July, I wrote about a MTO tender for shipping the ammo for the Keris class ships from Europe. I am happy to report that the tender was won by MultiModal Freight Sdn Bhd with a contract price of some RM496,000.
After fiddling around with the Eperolehan website I can write that the amount 30mm x 165mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) Link Belt being shipped back is 4,400 rounds.
The tender for the rounds itself was issued in August, last year and the company that won was World Integrated Technologies Sdn Bhd, the same company which was awarded the 40mm grenade cartridges contract. The contract price is RM5.2 million.
Apart from the 30mm HEI rounds, two other separate tenders for the Keris class ships were issued early this year – High Explosive Target Practice (HE-TP) and Armour Piercing Tracer (AP-T) rounds. As it is for the 30 mm Single Barrel CS/AN3 naval guns on the Keris class, the rounds are the 30mm X 165mm cartridges. Both tenders were for 4,400 rounds.
Both tenders were awarded to Nestari Resources Sdn Bhd for the same price of RM4.17 million. As the MTO tender has not been issued so far I have no idea where they are being sourced.
What about the price then? Well, from the figures stated above, cost for the 30mm guns on the Keris class is around RM1k per round. Further fiddling around in the Eperolehan, revealed that the cost of the standard Nato 30mm round – the 30 X 173mm – used on the Gempita and other RMN vessels like the Lekiu and Gagah Samudera classes is also around RM1K per round.
— Malaysian Defence