SHAH ALAM: Destini Bhd on June 27 announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Destini Prima Sdn Bhd (“DPSB”), accepted a letter of award from Defence Ministry for the procurement, supply, and delivery of 70mm rockets (2.72 inch) to the Army. The value of the contract is a RM18.75 million, the company said.
It said the contract is valid from June 27 2023 to June 26, 2025. A performance bond of RM468,733.01 will be paid to the government as part of the contract, the company said.
The release did not announce the manufacturer of the rockets though Malaysian Defence was told that it is Thales Belgium, formerly known as FZ. The 70mm rockets is likely the unguided version though the company also offer the laser guided version..
The rockets will arm the Army’s MD530G light scout attack helicopters which are currently based at Kem Mahkota, Kluang, Johor. Destini Prima was also the supplier of the similar rockets which armed RMAF Hawk and Hornet fleets. The company supplied the rockets for RMAF starting in 2015/2016 time period.
Malaysian Defence was told the MD530G will be firing RMAF stock of the 70mm rockets at the upcoming Firepower Demonstration scheduled next month as the Army ones will only be delivered within 12 months’ time, at the earliest.
The Army was supposed to tender the 70mm rockets back in early 2022 but it was delayed until earlier, this year. The number of rockets tendered out was for 2,340 units. Only one company – likely Destini Prima – had entered the tender checks on the Eperolehan, today showed.
The MD530Gs fired their 12.7mm gun pods and 7.62mm mini guns at last year’s demonstration, held at the firing range at Kem Sirajuddin in Gemas, Johor. The guns were delivered with the helicopters.
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