(Polish’s Rosomak in action but is Malaysia getting the same at the right price? Image source: Wikipedia)
It looks like there is going to be another boo-boo in the national defence purchase (after the earlier over-priced helicopters and commission for submarine scandal)?
The Sun reports:-
“We would like to state upfront that we are disgusted by the transaction. The amount is shocking as each of these non-combat vehicles is priced at a ridiculous RM31.1 million,” said Tony Pua (DAP-PJ Utara).
“The Portuguese army bought 353 Pandur II 8×8 armoured vehicles for the amount of 364 million euros (RM1.56billion) or an average of 1.03 million euros or only RM4.41 million each.
“In 2009, the U.S Army has awarded a US$2.2 billion contract to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, one of the best military vehicle and equipment manufacturer in the world for 724 Light Armoured vehicles (LAV) equivalent of USD$3.04 million or only RM9.9million each meant for Saudi Arabia.
“Even the best-in-class main battle tank produced in the United States, M1Abrams M1A2 deployed extensively in Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Australia cost only US$6.1 million or approximately RM19.7 million.
“Despite the price-tag, Deftech admits that they are only at the stage of developing a prototype. The prototype hasn’t been tested but the contract is already out” Pua told reporters at Parliament lobby today.
Certainly if we are buying something that cost more than the M1A2 Abrahams and that something is yet to be built, something is not right somewhere. And why it is just a prototype? I thought we are buying Rosomak 8X8 Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV)? And if we are buying Rosomak, isn’t that APC is already been built and in use by foreign armies (Poland already using it in Afghanistan)?
In reality, it is time for Malaysian Armed Forces to replace its aging Sibmas (6×6) purchased in 1983 and Condor (4×4) APCs ordered in 1981 but to purchase the new APCs at an exorbitant price makes one asked this question – who is getting the commission now?
PR’s Tony Pua is kicking on the same door as well.