SHAH ALAM: According to the 2019 Defence White Paper, Malaysia is a maritime nation. But not according to the latest plans announced by the Defence Minister at his new year address at Wisma Pertahanan today. DS Mohamad Hasan said the ministry will continue with the resumption of the LCS project with the LMS II programme remained under consideration.
He said the procurement of the MPA and MALE UAS for the RMAF will be continued while for the Army, the procurement of 155mm SPH, Malbatt replacement APC and High Mobility Armoured Vehicle will be prioritised. (The Malbatt replacement APC is of course, the Nurol Makina Ejder Yalcin. Ed)
Mohamad said the Armed Forces procurement planning covering all three services of the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) this year has a projected value of RM8 billion and involving 281 projects. (RM8 billion is more than the amount allocated in the proposed DE budget. ED)
He also said that he was committed to ensure the procurement of the FLIT/LCA – still under consideration
with the Finance Ministry – will be carried out this year. As for the LMS, Mohamad said he will discuss with the economic and finance ministries to ensure its funding. “Therefore, I will relook the priority of new procurement projects for this year,” he added
. Earlier, in his address, Mohamad said the ministry and the Armed Forces are committed to continue the implementation of the Defence White Paper (DWP)), which is the national defence strategic document, for the period 2021 to 2030.
“This includes, ensuring the publication of follow-up documents, namely the National Defence and Security Industry Policy, the Defence Capacity Action Plan, and the National Defence Investment Plan. In addition, the implementation of the white paper will be supported, through Mindef’s Strategic Plan 2021 until 2025,” he added.
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