SHAH ALAM: In early June, Malaysian Defence reported that five bidders have been shortlisted for the tender of 18 Anti-Tank Guided Weapon Medium Range (ATGW-MR) which was published on April 18. It was supposed to close on May 18 but the deadline was extended to June 1.
From the story: The lowest bidder is RM42.075 million; followed by RM42.322 million; RM44.550 million; RM44.736 million and highest RM46.673.
Malaysian Defence can reveal today that the winner of the tender is the Roketsan Karaok. Roketsan said the
Man Portable Short-Range Fire-and-Forget Anti- Tank Guided Missile KARAOK is a system that is effective at both day and night due to its Imaging Infrared Seeker.
From the specifications above one will know that the Karaok is the shortest range ATGW-MR selected out of the other four bidders. The specifications of the tender (edited for brevity):
There is a requirement for the Anti-Tank Platoon of Infantry Battalion to be equipped with Anti-Tank Guided Weapon Medium Range (ATGW-MR) which is capable to engage and destroy enemy armour and heavily fortified bunker at a distance between 2000 m to 4000 m.
Penetration Capability. It shall be able to defeat ERA and subsequently main armour plate at least 900 mm RHA with BAE to inflict casualty to crew and vehicle.
Attack Capability. It shall have Top Attack Mode and Direct Attack Mode.
Effective Range. It shall be between 2000 m to 4000 m.
Guidance System. It shall be Imaging Infrared (IIR) homing guidance with cooled or uncooled system to provide better imagery.
Warhead. It shall be tandem shaped charge.
Quantity of Missile. At least one (1) missile foe each launcher.
Weight of Complete System. It shall be not more than 25 kg.
Guidance System. It shall have Automatic Command Line of Sight (ACLOS) fire and forget guidance system.
Reliability. It shall be highly reliable when used in any environment.
Observation and Launching Unit (OLU). Minimum 15 years.
Missile. Minimum 10 years.
The 18 Roketsan Karaok ATGW-MR system purchased will come with six missiles for each launcher. The package should also include one indoor simulator; three outdoor simulators; three cut-open missile that expose its components and test equipment. The only other known user of the Karaok is the Turkish Army.
Once in service, the Karaok would replace the Metis-M ATGW-MR system currently fitted on G-Wagen 4X4 vehicles. The new ATGW-MR will be deployed on the Cendana Auto Weapons vehicles.
It is unclear whether the LOI has been issued to the local company offering the Karaok despite the selection as the Defence Ministry secretary general has yet to be appointed. The acting KSU can sign off the LOI, according to one of my sources.
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