KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 17 (UPI) -- Thales UK has chosen a subsidiary of Malaysia’s Weststar Group as a key industrial partner in the Asian region. Under an agreement signed earlier this week at an international defense services exhibition in Malaysia, Thales appointed Global Komited Sdn Bhd to develop, promote, market, and distribute a variety of ground-based air defense systems to the Malaysian Armed Forces.
“The agreement signed today (Wednesday) is a positive development for the country's defense industry and includes the transfer of technology and knowledge of ground-based air defense systems that will benefit both the Malaysian armed forces as well as other armed forces in the region in the long run,” Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Weststar Group’s managing director said at a signing ceremony.
Global Komited builds vehicles for the defense and security sector, including the GK-M1, which features a lightweight multiple missile launcher for Thales’ Starstreak missiles. It said its agreement with Thales will enable it to incorporate a more comprehensive range of defense systems in its product portfolio, such as a command-and-control radar system for protection of government and military assets.