SHAH ALAM: Some four weeks after the FCR tender for KD Perak closed, three companies have now been shortlisted for the project. Malaysian Defence previously reported that five days after the closing, Eperolehan website has yet to specify the number of bidders and their bid prices.
To recap, in early October, the Defence Ministry issued a tender for the supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of a fire control radar (FCR) KD Perak pennant number 173, the third ship of the Kedah class.
According to the tender publication, the RMN estimates that the cost of the FCR and services (installation, testing and commissioning) at RM15 million.
As the Eperolehan website has listed the bid prices, we know that one of the companies shortlisted has bid RM21 million for the tender, RM4 million above the estimated cost by RMN (see above). The other two bids came at RM14.840.15 million and RM14.990 million, both of which are below the estimated cost.
It is unclear whether one of the lower bids will be selected instead of the higher bid. We will have to wait and see.
It must be noted that in the recent parliamentary debate, Pendang MP Datuk Awang Hashim questioned why the Defence Ministry chose the Thales GM400 Alpha for the RMAF long range air surveillance radar contract stating the competitor had offered lower price in the tender. The MP did not identify the lower price radar, though.
Defence Minister DSU Mohamad Hasan responded by saying that the ministry was not bound to choose a lower price product for its tender process. He stated further that the Thales radar was selected by the end-user mainly due to commonality with an already service one.
For the record, Thales France was awarded the LOI at LIMA 2023 of RM170.6 million for one unit of 3D air defence long range radar complete with ancillary equipment, associated support and design and build of infrastructure.
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