Dili, Timor Leste, 10 June 2014: 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. Witnessing the signing ceremony were Malaysian Ambassador to Timor Leste, His Excellency Ambassador Tajul Aman Mohammad and Timor Leste’s Chief of Defense Forces, Major General Lere Anan Timor.
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 line-up 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.
Dato’ Nik added, “We strongly believe, with the strong partnerships that we have forged with our synergistic knowledge and technical partners, we will be able to break more grounds and penetrate more new markets beyond local shores.”
“With the strong faith we have in the current line-up of our customized military vehicles, we are intently eyeing to strengthen the subsidiary’s standing in the cutting edge engineering and vehicle customization sectors,” Dato’ Nik concluded.
The light utility Weststar GS Cargo military vehicles, currently being used by the Malaysian Armed Forces, are customised and fabricated utilizing 40% of parts and materials sourced locally in Malaysia.
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.