SHAH ALAM: More LMGs for the Army. Back in 2019, I wrote about the Army issuing a slew of request for bids for light machine guns, mortars, sniper rifles and light anti-tank weapons. We now know that the Army is getting Spanish mortars, Barret and Accuracy International anti-materiel and sniper rifles and LAWs from Serbia and RPGs from Romania.
A soldier preparing to fire the FN Minimi, the standard belt-fed LMG of the Army. BTDM
Courtesy of another MTO tender we now know that the Army is getting 240 LMGs soon. From the 2019 post:
The number being sought is 240 units. The FN Herstal Minimi is the standard LMG operated by the Army so it will start as the favourite, of course. Cheaper variants from South Korea and Indonesia could be selected instead, if offered of course.
Unfortunately as the MTO tender did not revealed the port of loading for the LMGs, I cannot make a guess from which company we had bought them from. As mentioned above the FN Herstal Minimi will be the favourite. It is unlikely that it will be the newly launched FN Evolys ultra LMG as the order must have been put in early 2020.
It must be noted that the MOF website did not revealed the company that won the tender, only the list of bidders.Eleven bidders qualified for the tender, with prices ranging from RM10.4 million, the lowest and the highest at RM26 million.
A Google search revealed that the cost of one M249 SAW (US designation of the FN Minimi) purchased by the US military was US$4,087 (RM17,167) though it must be noted that they bought them in the thousands.
Even with that caveat,one must feel that the Army new LMG is pricey as even the lowest bid price is already quite steep.
Personally I prefer the Knights Armament Light Assault Machine Gun, which is lighter though it is more of an automatic rifle (due to the lighter barrel) compared to the Minimi.
— Malaysian Defence