Destini hands over six MD530G helicopter models to ATM

by TMR / pic by TMR FILE

DESTINI Bhd handed over six multipurpose armed reconnaissance helicopters model MD530G to the Royal Malaysian Army (ATM) today after the completion of its Final Acceptance Test, deeming each helicopter airworthy.

The helicopters — manufactured by MD Helicopter Inc — a company based in the US, will be deployed at ATM’s air unit based at the Mahkota Camp in Kluang, Johor, and at the Eastern Sabah Security Command, the company said in an exchange filing on Monday.

The delivery of the helicopters saw a delay due to the negotiation for an extension of time on the contract with the Defence Ministry (Mindef) and the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. 

The progress of the contract slowed because representatives from the ATM were not able to travel to the US for training as scheduled.

In February 2022, all six helicopters took a 31-day journey to arrive in Malaysia after their pre-delivery inspection concluded in December last year.

Destini’s management is of the view that with the delivery of the helicopters, the group could leverage its existing expertise in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) to secure MRO services on the helicopters and other ATM air unit assets.

To recap, in 2017 Destini Group acquired a 70% equity interest in Halaman Optima Sdn Bhd (HOSB) through its wholly owned subsidiary, Destini Prima Sdn Bhd. HOSB was awarded a contract worth RM321 million by Mindef in 2015.