KUALA LUMPUR: On Tuesday, the Nuri Replacement Tender expired officially, one month longer than the original deadline reportedly due to requests from helicopter manufacturers.
When and who will win the tender for 12 utility helicopters with SAR capabilities is up to the gods now (how and why remains men’s decision, of course). Anyway the winner will surely get a contract for 12 more helicopters once the initial batch is delivered. As I said before, the budget is RM2.4 billion or around USD600 million) so there is enough money for 24 helicopters even if they are priced at USD25 million each. If its more than USD25 million, we may have 18 examples only. Anything less than 18 will make us a laughing stock of the world.
As I said before, I expect the two shortlisted candidates to be announced by DSA and the winner announced by June or July (unless something from the left side happened during the general election). I was told that 20 companies had officially purchased the tender documents, with the usual well known manufacturers duly represented (four) while the rest are probably Malaysian companies acting as agents for other companies (probably Russian?
Anyway, after buying the Metis M and the Baktar Shikan as it medium range guided missiles, the Army has floated another tender for the same weapon system again. Who knows maybe this time, we buy the original weapon instead of the copy of a copy. Sheesh…
From the MOD website
KP(PERO 1)B/T 426/2006
For The Supply and Delivery Of Anti Tank Guided Weapon – Medium Range (ATGW-MK) To The Government Of Malaysia
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