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BHIC gets submarine contract from Malaysian Ministry of Defense

According to information published by The Edge Markets on April 23, 2021, Boustead Heavy Industries Corp Bhd’s (BHIC) wholly-owned subsidiary has been awarded a contract worth RM78.14 million from the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) for the upkeeping of submarine facilities for the Royal Malaysian Navy.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Royal Malaysian Navy Scorpene-class submarine (SSK) KD Tun Razak at LIMA 2017, defense exhibition in Langkawi.

In a bourse filing, BHIC said its BHIC Submarine Engineering Services Sdn Bhd (BSES) received the letter of acceptance from the Ministry on April 7 for the two-year job that will be in effect from Jan 1, 2021 until Dec 31, 2022.

It expects the new contract to contribute positively to its earnings for the financial year ending Dec 31, 2021.

BHIC's other subsidiary, Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd, was appointed as the lead contractor of the RM9 billion littoral combat ships (LCS) programme, which aimed to build and deliver six advanced combat ships to the Royal Malaysian Navy.

According to an article by Nik Mohamed Rashid Nik Zurin and Liew Chin Tong, the defence ministry had confirmed that RM6 billion out of the RM9 billion had been paid out, but the first ship was only 59.79% complete.

Boustead Heavy Industries Corporation Berhad, known for its subsidiary Boustead Naval Shipyard and often abbreviated as BHIC and BNS is a Malaysian industrial group specialised in naval and commercial shipbuilding as well as ship-related services. Its primary focus is shipbuilding, fabrication of offshore structures, as well as repair and maintenance of vessels and equipment.

It has built 4 Kedah-class offshore patrol vessels in the past and is currently engaged in the building of 6 more Second Generation Patrol Vessels.