KUALA LUMPUR: They built ambulances but now (see the Bernama story below) they want to sell light tactical vehicles for the military. You got to be kidding ,.,,,,
LAEM CHABANG (Thailand), July 20 (Bernama) — Malaysia’s Weststar LDV Sdn Bhd is joining forces with RM Asia Group to develop the light tactical vehicle (LTV), capable of quick response, for the army.
Its managing director, Datuk Seri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, said the vehicles, produced at the plant in the eastern Thailand deep sea port of Laem Chabang, are cheaper than those from other parts of the world due to the lower production cost.
He said seven units had been delivered to the Malaysian armed forces for trials, adding that the prototype vehicles took 15 months to develop and produce.
The prototype vehicles were presented to Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who came to the plant here during his recent visit to Thailand to attend the Malaysia-Thailand General Border Committee meeting.
“The vehicles are suitable for the environment in the region. They can also save money for the government as they are much more cheaper than those produced in other parts of the world,” he said in an interview here.
Syed Azman said the plant, with a 1,000 workforce, was capable of producing about 15,000 units a year and the vehicles were exported to over 22 countries, and were also used by the United States military in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the United Nations aid and development programmes.
RM Asia supplies and services emergency vehicles (fire trucks and ambulances).
Weststar LDV, a part of the Weststar Group, entered into an agreement with the LDV Group Ltd of Birmingham, the independent van specialist, last year to manufacture the LDV Maxus range of commercial vehicles in Malaysia.
On the group’s expansion plan, Syed Azman, who owns 80 per cent of the group, said its aviation division, Weststar Aviation, would add another four helicopters by 2010 to beef up its current fleet of 10.
“The demand for helicopter charter services is growing, especially with the high oil and gas prices that boost offshore activities. We are also going into the markets in Thailand and Indonesia,” he said.
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