SHAH ALAM: The Defence Ministry has issued a tender for 18 Anti-Tank Guided Weapon – Medium Range (ATGW-MR) for the Army. The tender was published today (March 21) and closes on April 11, a period of 21 days.
Although the tender documents stated 18 ATGW-MR launchers, it did not say how many missiles to be procured though it is likely 18. The package should also include one indoor simulator; three outdoor simulators; three cut-open missile that expose its components and test equipment.
Interestingly, the ATGW system, according to the document must have a NATO stock number, which may preclude non-Nato manufactured or supplied ones.
As for the technical specifications, according to the documents (edited for brevity):
There is a requirement for the Anti-Tank Platoon of Infantry Battalion to be equipped with Anti-Tank Guided Weapon Medium Range (ATGW-MR) which is capable to engage and destroy enemy armour and heavily fortified bunker at a distance between 2000 m to 4000 m.
Penetration Capability. It shall be able to defeat ERA and subsequently main armour plate at least 900 mm RHA with BAE to inflict casualty to crew and vehicle.
Attack Capability. It shall have Top Attack Mode and Direct Attack Mode.
Effective Range. It shall be between 2000 m to 4000 m.
Guidance System. It shall be Imaging Infrared (IIR) homing guidance with cooled or uncooled system to provide better imagery.
Warhead. It shall be tandem shaped charge.
Quantity of Missile. At least one (1) missile foe each launcher.
Weight of Complete System. It shall be not more than 25 kg.
Guidance System. It shall have Automatic Command Line of Sight (ACLOS) fire and forget guidance system.
Reliability. It shall be highly reliable when used in any environment.
Observation and Launching Unit (OLU). Minimum 15 years.
Missile. Minimum 10 years.
As the previous tender also called for a medium-range, ATGW, it is likely that the latest tender is meant for the same requirements. The maximum weight of the system seems to indicate that the Army want something like the Metis-M system, which is already in service. The Metis-M ATGW-MR are mounted on G-Wagen 4X4 vehicles and was procured in 2001. We bought 24 Metis-M launchers and some 100 missiles.
It is likely the winning ATGW-MR will also replace the Baktar Shikan ATGW system in service with ACV 300 Adnan with the 12th Royal Malay Regiment.
— Malaysian Defence