Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 | From malaysian defence of marhalim Abas
The SLEP for the Kasturi which was first announced publicly at Lima 2007 has finally been given the go ahead. It was supposed to start last year but as the RMN chief stated in his New Year Message (2009) he was dismayed by the decision to defer the project.
The project is contracted for almost a billion ringgit for two ships, which are already more than 25 years old. I guess it will be faster to repair these tired ships rather than try to spend the time to persuade the powers that be that we need new ships and a lot of them ASAP!
I am not being cynical but I hazard to guess the contract signing will be done at Lima 2009 next November and with the “signing” the business done at the show has gone up by almost one billion.
As I mentioned before the SLEP should have been done years ago to validate the systems meant for the Kedah class. But we chose the long and unprofitable route….
Boustead Unit Gets RM 703.823 Million Contract From Defence Ministry
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) — Boustead Holdings Bhd has been awarded a contract worth RM703.823 million from the Defence Ministry to undertake the Service Life Extension Programme of Kasturi Class Corvettes.