10 WEST­STAR GS CAR­GOS FOR THE DE­FENSE FORCES OF TI­MOR LESTE

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES / NEWS IN BRIEF -

In a con­cen­trated move to broaden the West­star Group of Com­pa­nies’ hori­zon and ex­ert more pres­ence abroad, Global Komited Sdn Bhd, a sub­sidiary of West­star Group of Com­pa­nies, to­day signed a con­tract worth RM2.2 mil­lion for the sup­ply of 10 ini­tial West­star Gen­eral Ser­vice (GS) Cargo mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles with the De­fense Forces of Ti­mor Leste. Signed in the De­fense Sec­re­tary of State’s of­fice in Dili, de­liv­ery of the ve­hi­cles is due to be com­pleted within four months of the con­tract sign­ing.

Fol­low­ing months of ne­go­ti­a­tions and tri­als, the De­fense Forces of Ti­mor Leste has agreed to pro­cure the West­star GS Cargo util­ity ve­hi­cle as part of its mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle lineup ex­pan­sion ex­er­cise. The ini­tial batch of 10 units is part of the 50 units to be de­liv­ered in the pipe­line later this year. The to­tal worth of the con­tract is es­ti­mated to amount to about RM11 mil­lion.

“This par­tic­u­lar deal inked with the Ti­mor Leste govern­ment out­lines our con­vic­tion stem­ming from the con­fi­dence the group as a whole ex­udes about grow­ing our mar­ket share in each of the sec­tor we have vested in­ter­ests in,” said Dato’ Nik Ham­dan, West­star Group Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent.

De­signed to fa­cil­i­tate a wide range of se­cu­rity and de­fense roles, the West­star GS Cargo is avail­able in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions that in­clude hard and soft tops as well as man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions stur­dily put to­gether to meet mil­i­tary-spe­cific re­quire­ments for rig­or­ous land base ap­pli­ca­tions.

In ad­di­tion, the 750kg low main­te­nance util­ity ve­hi­cle, built off the base model of a civil­ian chas­sis boasts a gen­er­ous vol­ume ca­pac­ity, which can carry up to ten soldiers with full gear and cargo.

Fur­ther, the 2.5L en­gine ve­hi­cle op­er­ates ef­fi­ciently on road and cross-coun­try op­er­a­tions, hence of­fer­ing a ro­bust op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity with su­perb mo­bil­ity and ma­neu­ver­abil­ity ca­pa­bil­i­ties while at the same time be­ing air trans­portable.

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