SHAH ALAM: The 15th edition of Defence Services Asia – DSA 2016 – starts on Monday at its traditional venue – PWTC in Kuala Lumpur. And as like previous year’s shows, DSA 2016 is expected to be opened by the prime minister.
According to the organiser, DSA Exhibition and Conference Sdn Bhd, some 1,200 companies from 60 countries are taking part in the four-day trade show. Among them are BAE Systems, Thales, Nexter Systems, Sagem and MBDA. And from Malaysia, the big ones are Boustead, Sapura Technologies, SMEO Sdn Bhd, Destini Bhd and Deftech. There are many others of course, however, if you want to get the full list, go here.
I made some interesting observations during my short visit to the PWTC on Thursday. Among them is the debut of the Nexter Caesar truck mounted SPH; digital camoed Scorpion and Condor and the debut of the ATGW and command variants of the Gempita. Perhaps there are other interesting things as well but I did not see them during the short visit. As I intend to do a full report on the items I mentioned above and others, do visit the website for the daily reports starting on Sunday.
As in previous year’s, the Army will be conducting a hostage rescue demonstration once a day just outside the exhibition halls during the four days of DSA 2016. As most of the VVIPs are scheduled to be at the show after lunch, the daily live demonstration is expected to start after 2pm.
So what about contract signings then? Well, according to the official programme the contracts and MOU signing is scheduled on Wednesday, the third day of the show. (A check several hours after this entry was posted showed that the contract signing ceremony has been taken off the official programme. ED). It is likely now that the signing ceremony will be held on Thursday though. I am not expecting fireworks though.
Like LIMA 15, most of the contracts will be for support, maintenance, spare parts and of course the upgrade programmes. There is also the likelihood that contracts that had not been signed in public like the Starstreak missiles and the MD-5030G light armed attack helicopter could make it to podium as well.
As it is I am guessing that the contracts signed at the show may well be around RM2.5 billion to RM3.5 billion. As my past estimates have been a little on the high side, take that amount with a grain of salt It could go as high as RM10 billion if you count the MOUs but since most of them normally do not take off, I will not be counting them.
Lets hope the confusion which happened at LIMA 2015 contract signing ceremony will not happened this time around. In that case, the final cost of the contracts did not tally with what was announced by the emcee. And it was left to the media (mainly Malaysian Defence) to sort it out long after the ceremony ended.
If you are planning to be at DSA 2016, do drop me a line. Maybe we could have a chat.
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