MMC Defence Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MMC Engineering Group Bhd, plans to invest some RM30mil in a facility to provide spare parts management services and perform maintenance work for MBT PT-91M battle tanks.
“We will either expand our current plant in Nilai or identify another suitable site for the facility. We are targeting 2005 for the completion of the plant,” its general manager Ahmad Roslan Ahmad told StarBiz.
The MBT PT-91M battle tanks, which are scheduled to arrive in 2006, are purchased from FTE Bumar Ltd, a Polish company, in April.
MMC Defence was appointed by the government to provide spare parts management and maintenance services for the tanks.
“Parts such as the rubber components of the tank’s track will be produced by MMC Defence in collaboration with Diehl, a German company,” Roslan said, adding that MMC Defence would also send 20 of its staff to Poland soon to train and acquire technology transfer.
Roslan said MMC Defence’s business strategy was to export its maintenance services for tanks to other Asean countries.
“We are also keen to work with international defence contractors to provide such services in the region,” he said.
According to Roslan, MMC Defence is now actively pursuing upgrading projects of Scorpion and Stormer tanks and Sibmas (armoured fire support vehicle) for the government.
“MMC Defence has successfully completed research and development work on these three vehicles. Some RM8mil had been spent on research and development, which took eight years,'' he said.
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