SHAH ALAM: The 10th Para Brigade is getting 500 pairs of airborne jumping boots from a quotation notice published early this month. The contract for the boots was awarded to Insight Atlantic Sdn Bhd with a LOA of RM499,000.
The footwear is likely the Haix Black Athletic 2.1 GTX boot which retails for Euros 169.90 (RM842.21) on Haix UK online shop. Haix is a German boot company which has manufacturing facilities in Croatia and the US.
Insight Atlantic was awarded the contract to supply 300 airborne boots for another quotation notice published in September 2022. The LOA for this contract was RM294,000. Another quotation notice was won by Flumen Resources Sdn Bhd in 2020 for 248 boots with an LOA of RM195.920.
Based on the specifications of the three notices, it was clear that the brigade was looking to procure Haix boots as the words and terms used in the documents are the same ones published by the German company in specifying its products.
As the number of boots purchased are small around 1,000 pairs it is clear not all paratroopers will be getting them. That said the latest purchase showed the paras are clearly happy with the boots. Hopefully, money could be found so that all paratroopers could be issued with at least two pairs of the boots for airborne operations.
Do note that the paras also make used of other type of boots – from marching ones to desert tan ones – though their type and make are unknown.
Anyhow, RMAF has issued a tender for the procurement of 38,496 sports shoes for a period of three years. The proposed budget for the tender is RM13.4 million. The specifications did not specify the shoes must be made in Malaysia though unlike the US and UK which specified that the sports shoes contracted must be made in the country.
Both countries chose New Balance to supply the shoes and recently Singapore also contracted the same company to supply them with similar footwear.
The Army and RMN have also issued contracts to local companies to supply them with sport shoes as well though the footwear has seen poor user reviews due to lack of comfort and durability.
It must be noted that local made sport shoes like those manufactured by Bata cost around RM150 to RM189 per pair. International brands like New Balance, Adidas and Nike goes for at least RM300 or more. The other boots story.
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