SHAH ALAM: Tender for three-tonne GS cargo trucks. The Defence Ministry has issued a tender for 132 three-tonne GS Cargo trucks for the Army as part of its Mobility II programme. The tender is opened from Feb. 25 to Mar. 25, a 30-day period which will allow companies with the correct field code and also a manufacturer, to compete for the tender.
A similar tender was issued in 2019 also for the same type and number of trucks and it is likely that the latest tender is just a re-competition for the same requirements. That said it may well be this is the second tender for the same number and type of trucks.
It must also be noted that in 2019 a tender for a 5-tonne GS cargo truck was also published at the same time for the three tonner. If the same tender is published next week it may well be that the ministry failed to find the trucks the Army was looking for back in 2019.
Anyhow, it appears that the six MD530G light scout helicopters will be delivered to the Army this August. Bernama reported that the helicopters will be delivered once it had undergone certification and other tests to be conducted by the Army. The report said that Army chief Gen. Zamrose Mohd Zin himself will go to Arizona in the US for the pre-delivery inspection. Zamrose told the news agency that he went to the US last year for the flight testing.
It must be noted that the Army chief had stated before that the first three helicopters will be delivered in June this year. I am guessing it will be cheaper to ship back the helicopters at one go instead of in two batches as originally envisaged.
— Malaysian Defence