UK govt wants Malaysian companies to supply equipment to British armed forces

HANI SHAMIRA SHAHRUDIN


LANGKAWI: The UK government wants Malaysian companies to consider supplying equipment to the British armed forces, as they have been extremely impressed by the high quality of equipment produced by local companies.

UK Trade and Investment, Defence and Security Organisation Senior Press Officer Adam Thomas said, after attending the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (Lima) for several years, the UK government has been highly impressed by investments and researches made by Malaysian companies, which led to them producing high quality equipment.

“The UK government is encouraging companies to look to the UK to supply to our armed forces.

“We would like to use this opportunity to get Malaysian companies to look at the following website www.contracts.mod.uk, where Malaysian companies can register their (products and) capabilities with the Department of Defence.

“I think they should (register), because we are very, very impressed with the Malaysian companies here today,” he said when met at Lima 2017.

Thomas said one of the best ways forward is for Malaysian companies to have a joint venture with UK companies to access the UK market.

“We would like to see, in the future, Malaysian companies not only supplying for the Royal Malaysian Air Force but also to the (UK) Defence Ministry too.

“So we would like to welcome you to the UK market. There are no barriers, but the challenges are, of course, that they would have to maintain a piece of equipment which are about 6,000 or 7,000 miles away,” he said.

To date, 42 per cent of the UK’s armed forces equipment are supplied from countries all over the world.

Thomas said his team has taken note of the quality of vehicles, equipment and on the maritime side, including boats and the UK encouraged all Malaysian companies to register on the website.

“If they successfully supply to the UK, we can have joint agreements to supply to third party markets across the world (in the future).

"If it (the equipment) is good enough for Malaysian armed forces, why isn't it good enough for the UK armed forces too?,” he said.

He said the UK government will be using Lima 2017 as a platform to invite Malaysian companies to look for opportunities in the UK market.

He also congratulated the organisers and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for organising “a fantastic show.”