SHAH ALAM: AS you might well be aware off, there were many things on displayed and offered during DSA 2016. As even much bigger outfit did not have the resources to cover them, I barely touched the surface at the show.
Anyhow, I covered mostly my advertisers (like other trade publications) and things that I found newsworthy during the show. As for the rest, I will get back to them now that DSA had closed it doors.
Anyhow this post covered some of the things that I found interesting but not enough to warrant coverage during the show itself.
For example, the China defence stuff. This time around, three state owned China companies headed by its State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) took part in the show. The three companies are China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CPMIEC), Poly Technologies Inc and CETC International Co Ltd.
CPMIEC is the heavy hitter, displaying a bevy of MR/LR air defense system – FM-3000 AD SAM and FD-2000 LR/ABM SAM, QW-18 MANPADS, C802A ASM, FL-3000 CIWS and the WJ-600 UAV System. All of the systems above were offered to Malaysia though everyone at the booth remained coy about the cost or more importantly whether we actually had any interest in them.
Poly Technologies products were more prosaic including a coastal defence system and military engineering. The company also offers a LC63 landing craft though I did not spot a model on display.
The third company, CETC International displayed various electronic items most of which to me are China-made copies of Western electronics offerings from loud speakers, FLIR turret and the Shooter Locating System. There were also two mini-UAVs on display at the booth.
Again, the representatives at CETC were coy about the cost of their systems. The only thing they would say was that the “price/cost is confidential”. Since I am not an official buyer, I did not get to know how much were any of the systems on display.
China Shipbuilding Trading Co Ltd (CSTC) was the notable absentee from the show. It had participated in two previous DSA and also in LIMA 15. It absence may be a death knell for the proposed China warship or LHD for RMN as previously reported. I was told however that there were plans to equip some China made stuff on board new ships planned for the RMN. As for what no one could say exactly what. Until the funding for RMN new ships is confirmed, I guess everything is still up in the air.
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