26 April 2014
Optix is a Bulgarian electro-optical systems specialist (photo : Optix)
Malaysian company Kencana Defence - a subsidiary of engineering group Bintang Kencana - has formed a joint venture (JV) with Bulgarian electro-optical systems specialist Optix, it was announced at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 16 April.
The joint venture will manufacture and assemble a range of more than 20 Optix-designed night-vision devices and thermal imaging systems for the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and for export to regional countries. The joint venture will also undertake research and development in optical technologies and systems for the military and security sectors.
Officials said the joint venture was scheduled to commence production activities by the end of 2014 following the anticipated signing of a contract with the MAF.