Local tech powerhouses collaborate to enhance defence command-and- control capabilities

LANGKAWI – 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’ (Angkatan Tentera Malaysia or ATM) command-and-control capabilities while reducing the military’s dependency on foreign technologies.

The MOU was signed 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. The two companies have also agreed to work together in coordinating field tests and management of its jointly developed system.

Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin, President and Group CEO of Sapura, said, “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 the Malaysian Armed Forces is reflective of the competence and know-how of our local talent within the digital technology and defence space.”

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

Datuk Khalilur Rahman Ebrahim, Executive Chairman of SCS, said, “We are confident 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.”

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