SHAH ALAM: More ground support equipment for RMAF. Last month, Malaysian Defence wrote about RMAF getting fuel bowsers, procured from a South Korean company. This time around, RMAF is getting ten units of low-capacity baggage towing tractor to be used mostly by its air movement units.
The tender for the tractors, published in 2021, was awarded to the Inversys Corporation Sdn Bhd with a Letter of Award of RM1.2 million. As usual the Eperolehan award page did not identify the type of towing tractor procured but from the MTO tender, we now know it is manufactured by Panus Assembly Company from Thailand. And the model of the towing tractor is the Fox 4D (main picture).
From Panus Assembly website:
The FOX-4D Aircraft tow tractor is the workhorse of our GSE range; with 500 units in operation, it’s durability and reliability is well proven. It’s ideal for hauling a train of carts/dollies up to 40 Tonnes and also for pushing back several regional aircraft. This tractor is available as a standard 3.5 Tonnes with options for additional ballast up to 5 Tonnes, full cabin, air conditioning and hydraulically actuated tow hitch.
Before anyone complain that they only want to know about missiles or planes contracts, do bear in mind that the contracts for GSE are the bread and butter of the military. And it shows that the military’s planning is continuing despite the lack of any big-ticket item procurement. As noted in other articles, big-ticket items procurement like the MPA and FLIT/LCA remained the purview of the politicians, leading to the huge gap between aspiration and reality.
Apart from the baggage tractor, RMAF is also getting ten units of 90 KVA ground power unit, courtesy of a tender published in September, last year. The company awarded the Letter of Award of RM4.6 million is Profaz Maju Sdn Bhd. The GPU is being procured from an Italian company, Teknel, based in Rome.
It must be noted that the cost of shipping for both equipment from Thailand and Italy are already included in the cost of the contract as many other items including training and documentation.
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