22 September 2014
J+S torpedo launchers system (photo : J+S)
Devon naval contractor signs torpedoes deal with Malaysian navy
A subcontractor to the naval industry has won a major contract to supply torpedo launchers to the Malaysian navy.
J+S Ltd, which employs 130 staff in the UK, have been successfully selected to supply the Torpedo Launcher System (TLS) for the new Royal Malaysian Navy littoral combat ships being constructed by Boustead Naval Shipyard Sdn Bhd in Malaysia.
The Barnstaple company will supply a triple tube torpedo launcher system with associated weapons handling and storage equipment across each of the six platforms.
The firm which also has a base in Aberdeen and an annual turnover of £13.5 million, said its systems can be configured to launch a wide range of torpedoes and will provide a rapid reaction defence system against underwater threats.
Delivery of the first system is scheduled for 2017 with the final system due for delivery in 2021.
Andy Toms, managing director of J+S Ltd, said: “This major contract is a big step forward in our plans to establish Malaysia as a hub for business in the ASEAN market and we are looking forward to working in collaboration with Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn Bhd (CAD) to deliver a successful programme of work.
“We recognise the importance and benefits of Malaysian industrial participation and we have already engaged with a number of local companies for the supply and manufacture of goods and services relating to this contract.
“We have recently opened a J+S office in Kuala Lumpur and hope to build on existing relationships and forge new ones as we develop our business in the dynamic South East Asian market.”