KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 09 | Bernama
-- The cost to operate the nation's two submarines including maintenance costs is estimated at RM290 million annually, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
He said the value of the procurement contract for the two submarines was 1.084 billion Euros (RM5.382 bilion), which included the purchase price, integrated logistics support and spare parts as well as training of the crew and the project team.
He said this in his written reply to Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju) who wanted to know what the threats were that necessitated the purchase of the two submarines.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said they were bought not because of any threats but more for deterrent purposes.