Another Ad Hoc Artillery Regiment Stood Up

Checking out 23 RAD G5 howitzers parked in the shelter. BTDM

SHAH ALAM: The Army has stood up another ad-hoc artillery – 23 RAD (ad-hoc) – regiment, this time equipped with the Denel G5 MkIII 155mm howitzers. 23 RAD is operating out of Kamunting camp in Taiping, Perak, according to a February 18 post by Berita Tentera Darat Malaysia (BTDM). The unit is operating from the same camp as with 3 RAD which is the close support battalion equipped with the Oto Melara 105mm pack howitzers.

Based on the pictures on the post, 23 RAD is equipped with at least one battery with four G5 guns though it may have more.

Another two G5 howitzers of 23 RAD used as backdrop for a group photograph. BTDM

LAWATAN TEKNIKAL PENGARAH ARTILERI KE REJIMEN KE-23 ARTILERI AD HOC
PERAK: Pengarah Artileri, Brig Jen Dato’ Zulmajdi Yunus telah membuat lawatan teknikal ke pasukan Rejimen Ke-23 Artileri Diraja Ad Hoc (23 RAD Ad Hoc) bertempat di Kem Kamunting pada 14 Feb 2023.
23 RAD Ad Hoc telah ditubuhkan secara rasmi pada 9 Nov 2022 di penempatan sementara Kem Kamunting dengan menggunakan bangunan sedia ada milik 3 RAD.
Lawatan ini bertujuan melihat sendiri perkembangan semasa bagi fasa pengumpulan anggota sejak awal penubuhan pasukan.
Terdahulu, ketibaan Pengarah Artileri telah disambut oleh Komander Artileri Divisyen Markas Artileri Divisyen 2 Divisyen Kol, Mohd Tarmizi Hj Basri serta Pegawai Memerintah 3 RAD.
Beliau kemudian mendengar taklimat yang dibentangkan oleh Penolong Pegawai Memerintah 23 RAD Ad Hoc sebelum mengadakan perjumpaan bersama lima pegawai dan 40 anggota Lain-Lain (LLP) di Dewan Serbaguna 3 RAD.
Dalam ucapannya, beliau menekankan tugas utama yang harus dilakukan sebagai krew meriam dengan baik dan senggaraan secara berkala demi menjaga status kuasa tembakan pasukan

According to SIPRI, Denel delivered 22 G5 howitzers in 2001 and 2002. Most of the guns are with 21 RAD based in the Sirajuddin camp in Gemas, Negri Sembilan. 23 RAD is likely attached to the Second Division (2 Div) which is headquartered in Bayan Lepas, Penang and 21 RAD with Third Division (3 Div) in Terendak, Malacca. First and Fifth Divisions (1 Div and 5 Div) both in Sarawak and Sabah are currently without any 155mm howitzer regiments. 22 RAD is supposed to be with 5 Div but no news on this unit whether it has been stood up or not.

The crew of a G5 155mm howitzer prepping the gun for firing during the firepower demo 2016.

The fastest way to recapitalise the RAD is to buy new 155m howitzers to replace the 105mm pack howitzers, of course. But this will take a long time as the Army seemed intent to get more armoured vehicles – either 6X6 or 4X4s – instead of long-range fires capabilities either tube or rockets.
Loading a 155mm shell into the Denel G5 Mk III howitzer at the 2018 LKT. BTDM

By the way, I have been told that the deal to purchase 155mm SPH from Turkey was one of the five contracts cancelled as it was done via direct negotiations.

— Malaysian Defence

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8 Comments

  1. Shouldn’t have retire the old FH70. Just maintain as interim field Howie till there’s fund to procure new tubes either sph or towed.
    Interestingly, ex Brits FH70is currently used in action at Ukraine

  2. Kamal – ”Shouldn’t have retire the old FH70”

    Barrels were worn out and the barrel calibre is different compared to the G-5. We didn’t want to sustain small batches of two different guns. The 1988 MOU also originally included about 30 Light Guns.

    Kamal -” ex Brits FH70is currently used in action at Ukraine”

    So have M-777s, Panzerhaubitze 2000s; M-109s, Krabs, Caesars, DANAs, Zuzanas,
    L118s and M-101s – everything but the kitchen sink. Some FH-70s have been destroyed. Sustainment is a big issue for the Ukrainians. The bright spot is they have lots of UASs to use with their arty.

  3. If my memory serves me right, the lifespan of the artillery gun barrel is 1500 efc n with proper maintenance is max lifespan is up to 2000 efc.
    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  4. Kamal,

    Barrel life is measured not in rounds fired but “Equivalent Full Charge”.
    It’s not only the number of rounds fired but the type of rounds and other things.

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