SHAH ALAM: More kaboom stuff, part II. It appears that the Army is getting more ammo and rounds for its troops. The last time round it was mortar bombs, goose rounds, explosive charges and others. Now it wants suppliers to supply it with 105mm rounds, 40mm grenades – low and high velocity – hand grenades – smoke and fragmentation as well as flares and pyrotechnics.
As with the mortar rounds and explosive charges, the 105mm round and grenades were previously procured from SMEO Sdn Bhd, the partly state-owned ordnance company. SMEO manufacture them locally from components sourced from overseas or in the case of small orders import them directly from foreign manufacturers.
It is likely that SMEO can compete with others for the above tenders as it has the necessary license and track record to do so but it it will be competing with other companies then. It has lost similar tenders for other ammunition from 30mm rounds to 57mm and 76mm rounds used by the RMN ships. Based on the recent tenders I believe the Defence Ministry will soon be calling for open competition for small arms ammo – 5.56mm, 7.62mm and even the 12.7mm – the bread and butter of SMEO. If this happens, its effectively calling for the end of the company or at least its manufacturing capability. The company can survive as a trading company by winning tenders for all types of ammunition and other type of explosives for the military.
LV grenades – 20000 units.
There is a requirement for Malaysian Army to be equipped with 40 mm HEHC – LV round that have fragmentation and blast upon impact that can be used with Multiple Grenade Launcher (MGL),
M203 or another similar weapon.
HV grenades – 4000 units
There is a requirement to equip the Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL) or any other similar weapon with Cartridge 40 MM High Explosive Dual Purpose (HEDP) High Velocity.
Hand grenades – 10000 units
There is a requirement for the use of the Hand Grenade High Explosive (HE) for the Malaysian Army that capable to incapacitating personnel with or without Combat Body Armour and head protection.
Multi coloured (white, blue, red and yellow) grenade and signal mini flare cartridge – 70000 units
105mm HE ammunition – 3000 units
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