French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, with deliveries of the guns expected to start in 2019 and be completed by February 2020.
The contract will include the supply of fully digitised 105 LG1 Mk III Light Guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer (for use at battery level), as well as a first batch of 105 mm high-explosive, base-bleed, extended-range G3 ammunition (105 mm HE BB ER G3), which can be fired to a range of up to 17 km.
The contract, the value of which was not disclosed, also envisages that the integration and maintenance of the guns, which are designed for intervention and rapid reaction forces, will be carried out by ADS.
Jane’s understands that the air-portable guns are meant to replace the Malaysian Army’s ageing Oto Melara Model 56 105 mm pack howitzers, 100 of which are still operated by the service.
The 105 LG1, which weighs 1,650 kg, has been purchased by several other countries, including Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand.
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