SHAH ALAM: Condors Coming Home. Six Condors which had served in Lebanon since early 2007 are coming home. The six vehicles are currently stored at the Beirut port awaiting shipment back to Malaysia as soon as the Defence Ministry can find the logistics company to arrange for their ride.
The tender to find the multi-modal operator to arrange the shipment of the six Condors armed with the twin GPMG turret was published on Oct. 15 and closes on Oct. 22. According to the eperolehan website the six vehicles need to be transported from Beirut, Lebanon to their final destination at the Batu Kantomen Camp at Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur.
I have no idea what will happened next to these Condors after their return from Lebanon. As previously reported the Army had plans to upgrade them to extend their services lives further but nothing had been finalised so far.
With the expected draw down of the defense budget I am of the opinion that the Army should concentrate on its already delayed Gempita program instead of embarking of the Condor remanufacturing project. Yes the upgrading the Condor may yet gave it a new lease of life but to what extent especially in this trying times?
Several years back I noted that the Army could not afford the AV8/Gempita as its budget were not even big enough for cheaper items including weapons sights and other stuff.
Anyhow with the drawdown of the six Condors it appears the Defence Ministry is getting comfortable with the performance of the nine IAG Guardians ordered for the Malaysian contingent in Lebanon, currently Malbat 850-06. Whether or not it will soon order more Guardians is beyond me at the moment, though it seems likely.
As the UN will reimburse the cost of buying and operating the vehicles in its peacekeeping operations it is likely that the Defence Ministry will be able to justify buying new vehicles for the mission, whether more Guardians or other vehicles. With the government saying that it will only be involved in UN missions these seems likely even with the current tough fiscal environment.
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