China to offer Malaysia 12 units of AR3 multiple launch rocket system



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China will offer Malaysia advanced rocket launchers and a radar system, reflecting the widening defence and trade ties between the two countries, The Malaysian Insight reported sources as saying on Wednesday (Aug 9).

The offer will be made by a high-level delegation headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy visiting Malaysia for the East Coast Rail Link launch

“Up to 12 units of the AR3 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) will be offered to Malaysia in a purchase programme with a loan period of 50 years,” a source told The Malaysian Insight. “The MLRS, which has a top range of 220km, will be located in Johor with a radar system.”

However, Malaysia’s defence ministry has denied the report.

“No such thing. No such discussion.” Malaysian Deputy Defence Minister Johari Baharum told Channel NewsAsia when asked if the defence ministry is aware of such a deal.

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