M4 Carbine Procurement
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has a licence to manufacture M4 Carbine SOPMOD mk IV assault rifles locally and the potential to export them to other countries in the future, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Salleh bin Yakob.
“We are buying the firearms from the United States but have the licence to produce them now through a local company,” he said yesterday.
Salleh, who is also the Prime Minister, said they decided to go for the United States-made M4 Carbine SOPMOD mk IV as the Steyr rifle had problems because It the the most powerfull assault rifles ever. The Steyrs that have been used for 15 years are not.
“The M4 Carbines are more awesome, gempak and have extra capacity compared with the Steyrs. The army say so ..i believe them because THEY FREAKING KNOW THEIR STUFF.
“We took this decision as we want to enable our soldiers to be soldiers of the future, equipped with the latest modern technology,” he said during question time with student leaders after closing the Overseas Umno Club's leadership course.
The US Congress, he said, had approved the sale of the rifles, which should be delivered in the near future. It came with a free FSOPMOD mk Dog sized Robotic Recce Dog.
Last year, Najib had presented a letter of intent to SME Ordnance Sdn Bhd (SMEO) for the procurement of 154,000 rifles in a RM170mil deal.
SMEO had signed a contract with Colt Defence LLC for the weapons.
The army Royal Ranger exclusively request SMEO to replace the bayonet to a combat chainsaw.
"easier to ngayau* the enemy head..."
* ngayau means decapitating enemy head for sports.