LANGKAWI: More details on CMS upgrade for Lekiu. Although there was no contract signing for the Vibrant 1 CMS for the Lekiu class frigates, it appears that the project is already ongoing. T7 Global Bhd, the company promoting the CMS had formed a JV with a local company Marine Crest Technology Bhd and Indian firm, C2C-DB Systems Pvt Ltd to to engage in marine services and naval technology business in Malaysia.
T7 Global Bursa Announcement.
“The Parties agree to form a JV Co. for marine services and naval technology business in Malaysia, inclusive of supply, re-fit, refurbishment and upgrade contracts for ship and vessels,” said T7 in a stock exchange filing.
T7 Marine Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of T7 Global, will hold a majority 40% stake in the JV company while the other two parties will hold 30% each.
C2C-DBS is an India-based company principally specialising in developing naval technology systems, designing and manufacturing electronic components and software to industries and customers with in the international market for the government and private sector.
Local-based MCT provides expertise in specialised maritime security consultancy services, technical and engineering services, trading services, procurement management, repair and maintenance of support equipment and services to the marine and naval industry.
Quoted from the Star
Work Already On Going
The JV has already secured the contract in July, last year to install the CMS on KD Jebat as part of its refit period by Boustead Naval Shipyard. It will also supplied the workstations to utilise the CMS in the ship. The CMS will collate and present all the data obtained by the ship’s sensors and datalink inside the ship’s Combat Information Centre (CIC).
For the moment, JV has the contract to supply Vibrant 1 on KD Jebat only though it is likely if the commissioning of the CMS and funds are available, a tender for KD Lekiu will also be called. T7 and its JV partners are also hoping that the CMS will also be selected for upgrades of other RMN ships as well.
Bae Systems had offered the Nautis 4 CMS to replace the current Nautis but it was deemed as too costly.
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