DEFTECH expands drone sector with key collaboration agreements

by SHAUQI WAHAB & AUFA MARDHIAH

DRB-HICOM Defence Technologies Sdn Bhd’s (DEFTECH) subsidiary, DEFTECH Unmanned Systems (DUS), today entered into collaboration agreements with Sichuan AOSSCI Technology Co Ltd (AOSSCI) to expand its unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) segment.

DUS also entered into a collaboration agreement with TNB Integrated Learning Solution (ILSAS).

This signifies DUS’ commitment in realising the government’s aspiration towards a more self-sufficient and technologically capable defence industry by galvanising homegrown technical expertise in the fields of robotics and unmanned systems.

DEFTECH CEO Mohammad Shanaz Mohammad Shees said the demand of this product will be better in the coming days, hence the company’s collaboration with one of China’s biggest drone companies while ILSAS will be involved in the energy sector.

“The development with AOSSCI and ILSAS is where we will handle the drone business, and this is one of our initiatives to expand our presence in the drone sector,” he said.

He added that DEFTECH plays a crucial role in contributing to the business of DRB-HICOM Group.

Specifically, the recent completion of the delivery of the DefTech AV8 Gempita (meaning thunder), an 8×8 armoured vehicle, in December 2022 added a contract value of RM7 billion to the group.

Concurrently, DUS received certification from the Civil Aviation Authority Malaysia (CAAM) for the Special Unmanned Aircraft System Project (SUP) Approval for Long Range UAS pursuant to the Civil Aviation Directive-6011 Part (v).

With this approval, DUS becomes the first Malaysian company to be certified by CAAM for long range UAS flights.

The four-day DSA from May 6 to 9 saw DEFTECH, a wholly owned subsidiary of DRB-HICOM Bhd, showcasing its range of products and capabilities, including armoured and other land vehicles, as well as UAS.

As an established leader in Malaysia’s defence industry, DEFTECH is well-positioned to support the country’s aspiration to achieve self-reliance in its defence and security needs.