Flanker Technical Centre Delayed

SHAH ALAM: The Auditor General Report 2015 revealed that the technical centre  built at the Gong Kedak airbase for the Sukhoi Su-30MKM Flanker fighters was delayed as an “inexperienced and financially unsound contractor was chosen.”

Even though the contractor had been replaced, it is likely that the facility has yet to be completed, a year after it was supposed to be ready.

According to the report, the technical centre was built to ensure the Sukhoi fleet will always be in the optimum level for operations and training.

It however did not say whether the delay means the Sukhois were not being operated at the optimum level. 

The facility according to the report, was designed to be the second line maintenance and amelioration (refurbishment) centre for the 18 strong fleet.

Lucky 13. Sukhoi SU-30MKM M52-13, a rarely seen aircraft.
Lucky 13. Sukhoi SU-30MKM M52-13, a rarely seen aircraft.

The centre consists of a hangar building, an ADZ bay, Petroleum, oil and lubricant (POL) store, AGVSE/V garage, ramp service, apron area and a special procurement area. 

The Ministry of Finance selected Sharikat Pembenaan Setia Jaya Sdn Bhd (SPSJ) – through the restricted tender process – for the contract worth RM71.49 million out of a ceiling price of RM73 million.

The LOA  to SPSJ was given on 10th March, 2014 though the contract was only formally signed on 7th July, 2014. The deadline for completion was 78 weeks from 24th March 2014 to 20th September, 2015.

Sukhoi Su-30MKM from the 11th Squadron - M52-09 and M52-18.
Sukhoi Su-30MKM from the 11th Squadron – M52-09 and M52-18.

An audit conducted on April to June, 2016 showed the performance of the project was less than satisfactory.
“During the first 10 months, a sluggish construction progress had resulted in the takeover by a nominated sub-contractor on 15th January 2015,” the report said, without naming the replacement and confirming whether or not the centre had been duly completed and already operational.

The AG recommendations to the Ministry of Finance that “it ensure that future contractors appointed to be experienced, qualified and capable of executing the project for which they are contracted to build” is funny as the airbase construction itself was delayed as an inexperienced and financially un-sound contractor was selected.

Two RMAF Sukhois tail number 11 and 12 with Smokey Bandits at Lima 2011
Two RMAF Sukhois tail number 11 and 12 with Smokey Bandits at Lima 2011

The report on the service centre was the second program under the Defence Ministry which published by the AG 2015 Report Series 2. The other was on the Management of Fresh Food Supplies and the Privatisation of the Malaysian Army Food Catering Services.

The audit report revealed that the program was being conducted in an orderly manner and satisfactory level though it recommended that weaknesses in the management be rectified.

— Malaysian Defence.

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