SHAH ALAM: See my way. Within the last one week or so, the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced a slew of orders from missiles to radars to Taiwan. The latest announcement include the sale of up to one hundred (100) Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion.
The notification is required under US laws though unlike others it is likely the deal with Taiwan will go ahead. What is this got to do with Malaysia then? Nothing really but as you are aware the RMAF has issued international tenders for two MPA and one UAS system. So it is likely that it will garner some interest from US companies.
As both items – MPA and UAS – will be sold via the Foreign Military Sales contract, a notification of a potential sale will have to be made through the DSCA. A notification for the purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet F/A-18E/F were made in 2002 though we never followed up with a formal request to buy them.
With the closing date of the UAS tender on November 26 and the MPA on December 3, it is unclear whether there will be a notification from the DSCA to the US Congress on the possible purchase of an American made system for both.
If there is none, it will simply mean that RMAF will not be considering any American made equipment for both. It must be noted that American companies – Boeing and General Atomics – had previously taken part in both DSA and LIMA series exhibitions to market their stuff.
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