SHAH ALAM: It appears that the equipment, vehicles, and firearms which the Army took delivery has been distributed down to its units. We can see the combat boats, rubber dinghies and boat trailers with Army units already.
The other items, vehicles from three-tonne trucks to weapon carriers could now be seen operated by Army units. They are not publicising them of course but if you trawl Facebook, you could see them some of which I am posting here.
It is interesting to note that one unit – 4 Rejimen Renjer DiRaja – has taken delivery of almost all new vehicles procured within the last two years or so. Similar units like 4 RRD has also taken delivery of the same equipment and vehicles though they have not posted them yet on their social media sites.
I do not keep track of the unit’s TOE, but I believed other infantry units – not mechanised or paras – have received the same vehicles and equipment. At least, units under the Western Field Command. Eastern Field Command infantry units are likely to receive them this year as these equipment and vehicles need to be shipped to Sabah and Sarawak first. This was the case with the Cendana Auto FFR, first we saw them with units in Semenanjung but in 2023, many of them could be seen with units in Sabah and Sarawak.
And they are not limited to the divisional, and brigade specific units but the regular infantry units as well.
What will happen to vehicles retired from the regular units then? As the second line infantry units are not numerous as the regular infantry ones – RMR and RRD – it is likely that these vehicles will be refurbished at the central depot with some returned to service with the mechanised units especially the three tonne trucks.
Some of the vehicles will be returned to service with the Rejimen Sempadan battalions and the territorial units. The rest will be kept as spare source to keep these vehicles running for at least a decade or so.
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