PETALING JAYA: Despite the recent setback in India, its appears that BAE Systems remained bullish of its prospects to clinch the MRCA deal in Malaysia.
Yes they know the competition will probably be delayed until after the election but with the clincher for the deal said to be the Industrial partnership and the Transfer of Technology package (off-sets in 90s speak), BAE Systems is forging ahead with its marketing backed with its 30-year presence in Malaysia as the guiding light.
At a briefing held on Wednesday (march 14, 2012) newly arrived BAE Systems South East Asia managing director John Brosnan spoke at length on the potential partnerships. For more read here
Yes I know its a bit dry but actually there was nothing extra-ordinary about the presentation apart from the fact that BAE director of industrial partnerships and offset, military air and information Andrew Wilson statement that it had gotten clearance from the British government to offer Malaysia almost everything in terms of technology if it choose the Typhoon, from source codes to component manufacturing.
What is the use of source codes without the people who could actually do the needful? No worries, Andy said, BAE Systems also offers training to Malaysian engineers if we want it from modifying sources codes to integration of weapons. Apparently, the British is aware the pain we are having with Vympel!
Component manufacturing will also not be limited to the Malaysian order but for the whole Typhoon manufacturing base.
Which companies will benefit from such generous package? The usual suspects of course, which may tipped back the balance to the Typhoon again.
As mentioned previously I am wary of off-sets and national interest over-riding military concerns but I guess that is why we have politicians in the first place!
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