SHAH ALAM: Maritime Utility Helicopter Tender Canceled. The tender for the RMN maritime utility helicopters (MUH) has been canceled. The tender which was supposed to close on Aug. 19 (wrongly listed as July 15 on the advertisement) was canceled according to the Defence Ministry e-tender page. It did not state the reason for the cancellation.
A screenshot of the canceled tender.
The tender for the utility helicopters were published last month together with another open competition for the Fast Interceptor Craft (FIC).
In an interview this morning, RMN Chief Adm. Reza Sany said they were looking for three utility helicopters, to be based at ESSCOM AOR for troop transport and utility roles. He said the budget allocated for the program was RM220 million
I even discussed the candidates for the programme in a followed up post. In the post I mentioned that the EC225 owned by MHS Aviation remained stored at Miri and one commentator replied that the helicopters were no longer there. I sought confirmation on the reply and has since been informed by an industry source that the five helicopters are still there.
What is the EC225 got anything to do with MUH then? Nothing actually, its just my poetic license to ramble on my own website, of course.
Anyhow I was told that the tender was canceled due to a technical error. The tender will be reissued once the Defence Ministry got the approval to list it back again outside the E-perolehan system.
I was told that an adminstrative error resulted in the MUH tender to be listed in the eperolehan website. As the helicopters are to be sourced from overseas, it should be issued as an international tender, instead of getting them from local suppliers which was the reason the ePerolehan was set up in the first place.
The tender for the MUH will be re-issued ASAP, I was told. However it is likely to be issued to the manufacturers only.
— Malaysian Defence
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