SHAH ALAM: Malaysia has signed the deal for the procurement of UK-made, Thales Starstreak V-Shorads, ahead of the official visit of the British Prime Minister on Thursday.
Industry sources told Malaysian Defence that the deal involved Global Komited Sdn Bhd which will supply the GM-M1 vehicles and Thales UK, the producer of the Starstreak V-Shorads. The deal will also include light weight multiple launchers, radars and command and control system.
The deal is reportedly worth around RM500 million though numbers of missiles and launchers procured are unknown.
Global Komited, a subsidiary of Weststar Group and Thales signed the agreement to market the Starstreak system to the Malaysian Armed Forces at DSA 2014.
The Starstreak will replace the Thales Starbust V-Shorads which had been used in the air defence of military bases. GAPU requirements for a similar system and MR-SAM, however, have yet to be fulfilled.
As the signing today is for the LOA, the LOI for the deal would have been signed much earlier but was kept under wraps until today.
David Cameron, the UK PM will be in Kuala Lumpur Thursday for a 12 hour visit, the last leg of his South East Asia tour and the first to the region since his recent re-election.
The Starstreak deal is the only defence item procured during the visit. As of Aug 2, no official announcement of the deal have yet to be made by the parties involved in the deal apart from an Instagram photo and caption published by Weststar Group (above).
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