SHAH ALAM: End of an era. It appears that the GGK counter-terrorism unit will be re-equipped with a new submachine gun replacing its venerable HK MP-5s. The MP-5s are used by the GGK’s CT unit as it preferred weapon though in some demonstrations the operators were armed with the Colt M4A1 carbines.
Despite this the Defence Ministry has issued two tenders in 2019 and 2021 to procure 155 9mm sub-machine guns. I am assuming that the 2019 tender lapsed after they failed to finalize the deal though 17 bidders took part with prices ranging from RM1.4 million to RM8.1 million.
In September, they tried again though the tender notice was called PEROLEHAN MEMBEKAL DAN MENGHANTAR SUB MACHINE GUN 9 MM (COMPLETE SYSTEM) – PERALATAN VITAL GGK. The tender closed on 12 October, just 21 days after it opened, and this time around only five bidders took part with proposals ranging from RM4.3 million to RM4.9 million.
Interestingly the specifications for both tenders are basically the same and the weapon they are looking for need to be
(a) sub machine gun (b) Passive Sight. (c) Optical Sight. (d) Laser Aiming Module. (e) Visible Illuminator. (f) Suppressor. (g) Weapon Carrying Case. (h) Storage Case.
The technical specifications:
4. Technical. a. Sub Machine Gun. (1) Calibre. 9 x 19 mm. (2) Modes of Fire. The weapon shall be able to provide semi-automatic and fully automatic fire. (3) Effective Range. It shall be not less than 100 m. (4) Ammunition Feed. Magazine shall feed not less than 30 rounds. (5) Rate of Fire. It shall be not less than 850 rpm. (6) Muzzle Velocity. It shall be at least 400 m/s.
(7) Length. (a) Overall length shall not be more than 650 mm extended. (b) Overall length shall not be more than 530 mm telestock collapsed. (c) Barrel Length. It shall be not more than 210 mm. (8) Weight. Weight without magazine shall be not more than 3 kg. (9) Method of Operation. (a) It shall be rotating locking bolt system. (b) It shall utilize a short-stroke gas-piston system and run all weights and brands of 9 mm ammunition with no adjustments to the gas valve
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Stating that the sub gun must utilize the short-stroke gas system is interesting as it virtually ensure that MP-5 – which is roller delayed blow back system – will not meet the technical specifications. In fact other sub-guns in service with other units in Malaysia from the HK UMP and the Scorpion EVO which utilised the blow back system are also excluded.
Infact, a Google search showed that only modern 9mm sub-gun which uses the short stroke gas piston is the Sig MPX sub-machine gun. I stand to be corrected of course.
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