Malaysia courtesy BAE Systems and Geoffrey Lee

“Malaysia is a capable, prosperous and flexible market in which to operate, and a prominent player in the ASEAN region.  As a company with a long history in Malaysia, BAE Systems’ strategy continues to forge strong and sustainable relationships with the Malaysian defence, security and aerospace industry, which are positioned to be key engines of growth, employment and innovation.  In line with our strategy, we believe we offer the best solution in technology transfer, capability and industry for Malaysia for its MRCA programme,” said Alan Garwood, Group Business Development Director, BAE Systems.   

Closely following LIMA last year, a key focus for BAE Systems at DSA is industrial participation, specifically technology and innovation; demonstrating broad capability across both defence and security and offering Eurofighter Typhoon as a candidate for Malaysia’s MRCA programme.  

“BAE Systems’ core focus has always been about partnership, co-operation and industrial collaboration.  In support of Malaysia’s ETP and Vision 2020, we are committed to providing access to the best technologies across a range of sectors, as well as access to a global supply chain that will support the development of a vibrant high technology industrial base in Malaysia,” explained John Brosnan, Managing Director, BAE Systems South East Asia.  

“We believe Malaysia will gain significant economic benefits if it were to select Eurofighter Typhoon for the MRCA programme.  BAE Systems has a proven track record in the delivery of offset obligations in Malaysia and we will do so again. The Typhoon is more than just the world’s most advanced multi-role combat aircraft – it represents an opportunity for Malaysia to build upon its strong and diverse political, military and industrial ties with the European Union in a spirit of reciprocal cooperation,” said John. 

Having attended every DSA since inception, BAE Systems will be showcasing an impressive array of capabilities this year. The focus of the BAE Systems’ stand is on its land capability with products including the M777 lightweight field howitzer, Archer artillery system, BvS10 and RG series armoured vehicles being displayed.  On the maritime front, BAE Systems Sweden, a trusted supplier to Malaysia for decades, will be present to showcase its latest weapons system, the Bofors 40 Mk4 and the 57 Mk3 naval guns.

Set to be the main attraction at DSA 2012 is BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon, whose full-scale replica will welcome trade visitors outside the VIP entrance on Level 4.  The Typhoon, having made its debut at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition last year, is back by popular demand being the only multi-role combat aircraft on display this year.  Visitors will be able to view the aircraft close up and sit in the cockpit of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat aircraft.

Offering far more than just defence and aerospace products, BAE Systems Stratsec is driving awareness about cyber issues and the delivery of security solutions to Malaysia and the South East Asian region. BAE Systems Stratsec will have an interactive presence on the stand and host an innovation briefing on cyber security during DSA.

BAE Systems has had a presence in Malaysia for more than 20 years with an established South East Asia regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The Company is looking to play a significant role in Malaysia’s economic, technology and capacity development via partnerships with innovative SMEs, government agencies and key academic institutions. 

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