Local tech powerhouses collaborate to enhance defence command and control facilities

TWO of Malaysia’s leading defence technology solutions providers recently signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on developing next- generation systems that will strengthen the Malaysian Armed Forces’ (ATM) command-and-control capabilities while reducing the military’s dependency on foreign technologies.

The MOU was inked between Sapura Secured Technologies Sdn Bhd (SST), a leading technology innovator in cyber, electromagnetic, command-and-control, and mission-critical communications systems in defence and security market and System Consultancy Services Sdn Bhd (SCS), a pioneer in command- and-control systems and a specialist in software development and integration, communications and security solutions.

The collaboration will entail both companies combining their respective expertise to jointly design, develop and promote advanced command and control solutions, specifically in meeting ATM’s goal to consolidate its command-and-control infrastructure into a single integrated mission network.

Both companies have also agreed to work together in coordinating field tests and
management of its jointly developed system.

“That the coming together of two fully Malaysian owned and operated companies to develop advanced technologies that will further strengthen the command-and-control capabilities of ATM is reflective of the competence and know-how of our local talent within the digital technology and defence space,” commented Sapura’s president and group CEO Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin.

“Through our combined strength, SST and SCS are able to leverage synergies and efficiencies that can propel market-leading technological innovations developed by Malaysians for Malaysia in the use of defending our national sovereignty.”

Meanwhile, SCS executive chairman Datuk Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim expressed confidence that SST and SCS as a team can take ATM’s command-and-control technology to the next level while facilitating Malaysia’s aim towards technological self-reliance.

“In addition to reducing our country’s dependency on foreign technologies within the critical area of homeland security, our collaboration will also enable ATM to quickly adapt to the rapid changes in technology so as to remain strong and effective while propelling our local defence industry to greater heights,” he added. – May 26, 2023

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