SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry has floated a tender for the supply of HG85 HE fragmentation hand grenades for the Army. Unfortunately, the public portion of the tender did not reveal how many HG85 grenades are being sought.
Other documents in the tender do revealed that the rough estimate of the order is RM13 million or US$2.9 million. I do not pretend to know how much grenades that amount of money should get us. It must be noted that the cost should include the supply of the grenades including testing.
Shipping is borne by the government under a separate tender though. A Google search showed that HG85 grenade was originally manufactured by Swiss firm, RUAG Ammotec. From Wikipedia:
The HG 85 (Hand Granate M1985) is a round fragmentation hand grenade designed for the Swiss Armed Forces, and is still produced by RUAG Ammotec in Switzerland. HG 85 is the internal designation of the Swiss Army and replaced the HG 43 from World War II.
On detonation, the steel body containing 155 g (5.5 oz) of TNT releases around 1,800 fragments, weighing on average 0.1 g (0.0035 oz). UK grenade range safety data suggests the L109 – and by extension all live versions – may represent a danger at ranges up to 200 m (220 yd). It is primarily intended for use during fighting in built-up areas, trench clearing, and wood clearing. It is effective against unprotected personnel up to 10 m (33 ft) away, and protected personnel up to 5 m (16 ft).
As the specifications of the tender is not made public, we have no idea whether the Army had specified whether only company working with Ruag could make a bid. Or whether it will also allow other companies to supply the licensed versions of the HG85 grenade.
The Army had previously purchased environmental-friendly training grenades which will allow for their usage at smaller ranges. Live hand grenade training, AFAIK, are conducted at the Gemas or Asahan live firing ranges only.
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