SHAH ALAM: Back in January this year, Malaysian Defence reported that the Defence Ministry issued an infographic that the Army had taken delivery of 1,000 VHF section radio set for tactical communications operations. The infographic had a picture of the VHF section radio without naming the make.
Based on the infographic, one can identify it as a Harris tactical radio, and it is likely the Falcon III AN/PRC-152A handheld radios. The graphic also showed that the soldier using the radio being equipped with a tablet as well.
We now know that Mindmatics Sdn Bhd won the tender to supply, deliver, test and commissioned 1,000 VHF section radio beating the incumbent, Sapura Thales Electronics Sdn Bhd (STE). STE was touted as a success story for the Industry Collaboration Programme (ICP) which is part of the government policy to transfer technology to local companies through procurement contracts. It delivered the section radios from 2011 to 2014.
Anyhow, the Defence Ministry has published a tender for the supply, deliver, test and commissioned 555 section tactical radio set for the Army. The tender is valid from today – October 12 to November 2. There are no detailed specifications for the radio sets apart from the number being sought.
The Eperolehan website did published the Army estimates for the tender which is RM49.95 million. Based on the estimate, I am assuming that the cost for the 1,000 section radios awarded to Mindmatics was around RM90 million to RM110 million. I stand to be corrected of course.
With 1,000 Harris radios already delivered, it make sense to order more of them, of course. Especially if they are found to reliable and fuss free in service. The tender, however, will of course reveal what the Army wants though.
Anyhow at LIMA 2023, the Army announced the contracts for the vehicular and manpack radios as well, for the regular units and GGK as well. The radios for the regulars are from Thales while the GGK ones are from Harris.
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