SHAH ALAM: Ammo for Keris class, Part 3. Last July and November, I wrote about the tenders for ammunition for the 30 mm CS/AN3 Single Barrel Rapid Fire Naval Gun on the Keris class. There were at least three tenders, one for 30mm High Explosive Incendiary (HEI) rounds, being sourced from a manufacturer in Eastern Europe.
The 30mm HEI tender for some 4,400 rounds was awarded to World Integrated Technologies Sdn Bhd, for a contract price is RM5.2 million. Another two separate tenders were for High Explosive Target Practice (HE-TP) and Armour Piercing Tracer (AP-T) rounds.
Like the HEI rounds, both contracts called for 4,400 rounds of 30mm X 165mm cartridges, the standard 30mm caliber rounds for Russian and Chinese guns.Both tenders were awarded to Nestari Resources Sdn Bhd for the same price of RM4.17 million. When this was announced we have no idea where the ammo are being sourced.
Thanks to another MTO quotation notice – published on February 17 and closing on February 25 – now we know that the two batches of HE-TP and AP-T 30mm ammo are being sourced from a China ammunition manufacturer, most likely the state-owned Norinco. This is because the ammo are to be shipped from the Tianjin port, located some two hours drive from the capital of China, Beijing.
It interesting to note from the tender awards, that the RMN is getting two source of ammo supplies, one from Eastern Europe and the other China, when most of the time it is getting such things from one supplier only. But as I have said previously, the more the merrier!
Perhaps when another round of tenders for ammo is published, our local suppliers can look at other suppliers including one from an Asean country like Vietnam. Vietnam like other Asean countries are self sufficient in ammo manufacturing unlike Malaysia. As they are well equipped with 30mm guns from Russia, they also produced the same 30mm X 165mm cartridges as used in the Keris class and the Flankers.
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