SHAH ALAM: It appears that the decades long SPH requirement may well be filled soon though it is unlikely any contract will be signed before the general elections. The Army would probably be putting the M109 SPH into service this year but the government in 2019 had quietly cancelled the deal.
Anyhow it appears that another contender has been elevated as a favourite. The yet-to-be sold Slovak Konstruckta Defence EVA truck mounted SPH. A Slovak think tank on September 1 wrote that:
Malaysia will shortly conclude a deal for the Slovak made EVA wheeled self-propelled artillery. The final specifics of the Malaysian purchase have yet to be finalized, but it is anticipated that the order will be in the range of 16-18 pieces. Further details regarding production and potential licensing have not been revealed at this time. This deal will be the first export, and indeed order of, the EVA wheeled self-propelled howitzer.
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The report was first published by defence outlet, Shephard. A cursory look into the think-tank article however indicated that it is likely based on the conversations between Konstruckta Defence and its local marketing agent (unknown at this time) with the Defence Ministry.
The Slovak angle came in the heels of a leak regarding the SPH deal by a political blogger, that a local company was supposed to get the contract via direct-negotiations instead of a tender. Malaysian Defence has posted last year that the SPH requirement was supposed to go through a tender but somehow it went into direct negotiations.
It appears that the leak had worked as intended. It was basically a leak to kill. That is the reason of the story of another contender. Whether or not it will make it to the finish line, its beyond me for the moment.
— Malaysian Defence