SHAH ALAM: Five bidders have been shortlisted for the tender of 18 Anti-Tank Guided Weapon Medium Range (ATGW-MR) which was published on April 18. It was supposed to close on May 18 but the deadline was extended to June 1. The original tender was cancelled shortly after it was published but Malaysian Defence got a story of it as well. The specifications posted in the post remained valid thought when the tender was republished.
And seven days (today June 7) after the deadline of the republished tender, a check on the Eperolehan website showed that five bidders have been short-listed. The lowest bidder is RM42.075 million; followed by RM42.322 million; RM44.550 million; RM44.736 million and highest RM46.673.
Going by the lowest bid, one ATGW-MR will cost around RM2.3 million each while the highest one will cost some RM2.5 million. Based on the above the average cost for one ATGW-MR will be around RM2.4 million each.
It must be noted that bids offered are below the ceiling price of the tender. I assuming based on the figures, even the highest bid could be selected for the tender, if it meets most of the technical requirements of course.
Anyhow, at LIMA 2023 Malaysian Defence was told that at least three contenders are expected to be offered for the tender, namely the LIG Nex 1 AT-1K Raybolt; Norinco HJ-12 Red Arrow 12E and the Roketsan Karaok.
Although the three companies took part in LIMA 2023, only Norinco displayed a mock-up of the contender for the ATGW-MR at the show. As the Army had a big presence at the show – a Chief of Army conference was held in the sidelines of LIMA 2023 – various high-ranking Tentera Darat officers had the chance to be brief on the capabilities of the Red Arrow.
Raytheon FGM-148 Javelin was not offered I was told as it is only available through Foreign Military Sales. The US Congress need to approve it sale to Malaysia first before it could compete in the tender. It was also unlikely that the MBDA Akeron ATGW-MR was offered for the tender. A mock-up of the Akeron was also displayed at the MBDA booth but it was not as prominent as the Red Arrow at the Norinco one.
— Malaysian Defence