Military Purchase Main Battle Tanks
From Poland (12 Apr 2003)
The Malaysia military has confirmed a RM $1.4 billion (S$650 million)
deal with Poland to procure its first maim battle tanks as part
of their military upgrade that will later involve a submarine
fleet, guided missile systems and new fighter jets.
Both defence ministers of Malaysia and Poland signed the agreement
yesterday for the procurement of 48 PT-91M main battle tanks and
14 other support vehicles. Malaysia agreed last year to purchase
the PT-91 tank, which is modeled after the Russian T-72. This
is Poland's biggest weapon deal since 1981 and will be paid through
cash and barter trade of palm oil and rubber over the next ten
Malaysian Defence Minister, Najib Razak commented that the tanks
would be able to give the army an added advantage, which is important
for ground offensives. Malaysia may acquire more main battle tanks
in the future. The tanks would also help put together the Armored
brigade and Combined Arms Division.
After sealing the main battle tank deal yesterday, the intended
acquisition of new fighter jets seem to be the final step before
Malaysia's upgrading exercise is complete.
Malaysia Air Force expressed interest in adding the Russian Sukhoi
SU-30 fighter jet to their existing fleet of British hawks, F/A
18 from the United States and the Russian MiG29 aircraft and a
deal could be draft this year.
Last June, The army bought two new Scorpene-class submarines
and a refurbished Agosta 70 from European shipbuilders DCN International
for training purposes. While Two Months earlier, they acquired
Russian and European missiles worth RM 1.4 billion.