SHAH ALAM: Back in early October, Malaysian Defence wrote that the Defence Ministry has issued a tender for the supply, delivery, installation, testing and commissioning of a fire control radar (FCR) KD Perak pennant number 173, the third ship of the Kedah class.
According to the tender publication, the RMN estimates that the cost of the FCR and services (installation, testing and commissioning) at RM15 million.
The tender was to close on November 11 but it was extended to November 19. However, five days after the closing, Eperolehan website has yet to specify the number of bidders and their bid prices. I hope it is just a glitch and Eperolehan will fix it soon.
I suspect however that the bidders were not shortlisted as their bid prices were much higher than the RM15 million estimated by the RMN for the tender. I stand to be corrected of course.
Anyhow, five bidders has been shortlisted for the tender to supply, deliver, install, integrating and commissioning of a fire control system for corvette KD Laksamana Muhammad Amin – pennant number 136.
The lowest bid (rounded up for brevity) is RM12.6 million and the highest one is RM15.3 million. The highest bid is higher than the RM14 million estimate by RMN. The other bids are RM12.9 million; RM13.7 million and RM14.1 million (which is also higher than the estimate cost).
Muhammad Amin is undergoing a refit at the Grade One Marine Shipyard in Lumut. She is undergoing the refit as part of the RMN’s Obsolescence Programme where her machineries and engines are replaced with new ones. She is also getting a new hull during the refit work, which Malaysian Defence called the OP Plus.
The FCS will be installed at the shipyard as the ship remained there.
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