Last Hurrah

SHAH ALAM: Last hurrah. Newly appointed 10th Para Brigade Commander Brig Jen Khairul Azmizal Ahmad Natal made his introductory visit to the formation’s armor unit, Skuadron Armor Para on Jan. 9, BTDM online reported. Khairul Azmizal was appointed as the brigade’s commander on Oct. 23, 2018 replacing Mej Jen Tengku Muhammad Fauzi Tengku Ibrahim.

The visit to the Armor Squadron, based at the Sirajuddin Camp in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, came shortly after it was announced that the unit’s main vehicles, the Scorpion light tanks would be retired soon.

The 10th Para CO with his soldiers from Skn Armor and their vehicles.

As usual the BTDM Online posting on the visit were very brief although from the pictures that accompanied it revealed that the unit has five Scorpions, four Stormers and one Adnan ambulance vehicle. I am not sure whether the vehicles represented are the actual number of vehicles assigned to the unit, of course. From the pictures, it is also revealed that most of the soldiers and officers of the squadron are qualified parachutists.

The Brigadier checking out the Adnan ambulance variant.

Based on the pictures, we can assumed that the Armour Squadron could still be operational following the retirement of the Scorpions and Stormers, as well, if the Army could assigned Adnan ACV or other vehicles to the unit until a replacement is chosen and funded.

Checking out the Stormer. It appears that the Stormers are fitted with the Helios turret with a 20mm Oerlikon gun.

I have no idea whether the Armour Squadron will still be in business following the retirement of the Scorpions (and the Stormers), it is something I am following up with the Army, of course. Apart from the Armour Squadron, the Brigadier also visited the co-located 10 Semboyan 10 Para.

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