KUALA LUMPUR: Although the 9th Malaysian Plan (9MP) Mid-Term Review have been announced last week, the exact details concerning the defence sector have yet to be revealed. It must be noted that the full details of the defence sector allocation was never publicly annnounced when the plan was tabled about two years ago.
Malaysian Defence have yet to get full details of the review but was informed cuts to the defence budget would mostly affect the Army although projects already approved for the 9MP remained funded. However, if the economy gets worse, these projects may well get deferred also.
What projects? The Army MBT combat and gunnery simulator, MR Anti-Tank Missile, the Air Force airborne and early warning system, the medium range AAM and the Navy’s multi-purpose ship project.
What about the Nuri Replacement Programme? Its definitely on. Apparently the money is allocated under the Prime Minister Department’s Special Allocation and not under the 9MP. It was never funded for 9MP in the first place as it was allocated last year after the Genting Sempah Nuri crash.
Which helicopter? My guess is good as yours. But at the moment, all the helicopters that met the tender requirements remained under consideration with the Merlin and Cougar leading the pack. My bet is still on the Merlin but the Cougar remained a strong contender.
My personal choice, the BlackHawk never met the tender specifications.
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