by Abdul Rahmat Omar
KUALA LUMPUR — April 20, 2018 : DRB-HICOM Defence Technlogies Sdn Bhd (DEFTECH), a member of the DRB-HICOM Berhad, has signed an Economic Enhancement Programme (EEP) contract with the Malaysian Government and four tripartite offset programme contracts in relation to the AV8 GEMPITA project.
The contracts reaffirm DEFTECH’s commitment to support the government’s on-going efforts in enhancing the nation’s industrial, technological and overall economic capabilities.
This highly regarded chain of programmes was mooted in line with Malaysia’s vision to be a sustainable high-end industrial and technological based country, supported by a macroeconomic framework.
The four offset tripartite contracts which are in parallel to the EEP contract were signed between the Government of Malaysia, DEFTECH and technological partners – FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.S (Turkey); Denel Land Systems (South Africa); Rheinmetall A.G (Germany) and WB Electronics (Poland).
The contracts were signed during the 16th Defence Services Asia (DSA 2018) in MITEC. The Malaysian government was represented by Defence Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi.
The AV8 GEMPITA 8×8 wheeled armoured fighting vehicle is already in service with the Malaysian Army.
A surveillance variant, the AV8 GEMPITA SURV, was also officially unveiled during the exhibition.
The vehicle is equipped with a telescopic surveillance (optronic and radar) mast designed to provide battlefield commanders with an enhanced situational awareness.