SHAH ALAM: The truth is plain to see. Back in October, last year, the Eperolehan website floated a tender for 12.5 million rounds of 5.56mm SS109/M855 ball ammo. According to the specifications
the round 5.56 mm ball shall be used with the following weapons such as follows: Steyr AUG. M16A1/A2. M4A1 Carbine. Light Machine Gun MINIMI. Any other weapon with the NATO calibre of 5.56 mm.
When I saw the tender and the amount of ammo being sought, I knew this was the big kahuna – the one that clearly indicates the future of the state-owned SMEO Sdn Bhd which I highlighted in this post. Again, I must note that I am not shelling for SMEO but again I am asking the question due to the fact that if we don’t buy ammo locally – even from a state owned firm – why do we even bother promoting and building up the local defence industry, in the first place?
I am again asking the question as the result of the 12.5 million 5.56mm ammo has been awarded to Traumland Sdn Bhd with a contract price of RM30.6 million. The contract notice was published on the Eperolehan website when I accessed it on March 14.
As usual there is no indication from where the ammo will be sourced though Traumland website stated that it was working with Igman, an ammunition manufacturer from Bosnia Herzegovina. It must be noted that Traumland was also awarded the contract to supply 3,000 125mm tank gun imitator which it also sourced from Pretis company also from Bosnia.
Traumland also supplied 125mm tank rounds to SMEO when the PT-91M Pendekar was first introduced into the Army.
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