SHAH ALAM: Back in May, 2021, Malaysian Defence reported that a tender for the supply of 110 launchers of an 84mm anti-tank was floated in the Eperolehan website. Unfortunately, three months later, Malaysian Defence wrote that this tender was cancelled, as usual for no apparent reason. I was told recently, the tender was cancelled as no company had placed a bid for it. Despite it was not named, the tender was for procurement of the Saab Carl Gustav M4 recoilless rifle.
On, July 2022, another tender for the 84mm anti weapon or the Carl Gustav M4 – the latest version of the recoilless rifle – was floated on the Eperolehan website. Malaysian Defence did not report this tender as I did not notice it on Eperolehan.
The specifications called for the same number of launchers – 110 and undetermined number of seven types of ammunition. The seven types of ammunition include high explosive anti-tank; high explosive dual purpose; anti-structure; anti-personnel, anti-deterrent; smoke and illumination. Some of these are guided munitions.
And when I checked the website yesterday, the Letter of Award or contract for the tender was awarded to Global Combined Technology Sdn Bhd. The contract is listed at RM27 million.
I was told that more Carl Gustav will be purchase soon as the Army intends to replace its other older anti-tank and anti-structure weapons. The Goose with its guided munitions will be cheaper replacements and more accurate than some of these weapons.
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