SHAH ALAM: We got winners for pylon and digital pattern webbing tenders. IN May, Malaysian Defence posted about a tender for a local company to build and conduct tests on a pylon which RMAF dubbed the Pylon X1 – to fit the US-made BDU-59 Laser Guided Training Round (LGTR) on its Flanker fleet.
The full specifications as usual is not listed publicly but the one listed in the specifications called for the winning vendor for the design of the prototype pylon and its associated equipment as well as the simulation to conduct the release of the LGTR from the pylon. It is likely the company will work with the RMAF to produce more of the same pylons once the prototype is certified for use on the Flankers.
Upon checking the Eperolehan website yesterday, it can be revealed that the tender was won by Innopeak (M) Sdn Bhd, which according to its website:
a boutique precision engineering & manufacturing company who’s major customers are from multisector namely aerospace, oil & gas, defence, automotive and in near future rail. The company was incorporated in 1993 with focus on design & manufacture of precision tools & fixtures and providing one stop engineering solution
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The company’s Letter of Award (LOA) and bid to manufacture the pylon was listed at RM99,000 while the other four services associated with the work costs RM12,000 each. It must be noted that the design and manufacture of the Pylon X1 is to be conducted together with RMAF Aerospace Engineering Service Centre or PUSPEKA. It is likely that the PUSPEKA lacked the manufacturing capability to produce the item hence the need for an outside contractor. Innopeak was the only company that bid for the contract.
A further checked on the Eperolehan website showed that Pakaian Kesuma Sdn Bhd was awarded a RM33 million contract to supply the Army with 49,431 “webbing digital equipment set complete” to be supplied within three years. It is likely that Pakaian Kesuma will be supplying around 10,000 digital pattern webbing annually, starting next year.
The RFB for the webbing was published last September. As reported previously the digital pattern webbing consists of a belt, shoulder harness and pouches for ammo, water and other personal items. The items could be used separately or in one ensemble, for operational or ceremonial duties.
— Malaysian Defence